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CLOs, structured products, Japan attract the eye of fund of funds

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

The credit space is heating up with interest from funds and investors as they search for yield. Recent reports show that asset inflows to credit are holding steady and leverage is starting to creep back up. Credit strategies are also catching the eye of fund of funds like California-based, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO) which has approximately $8.6bn in assets under management. I spoke with Putri Pascualy, Portfolio Manager & Credit Strategist at PAAMCO, during the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference, about her new book and the landscape of investments in credit.

Pascualy works with both investors and credit managers in order to build the credit portfolio at PAAMCO. Prior to joining the firm she was an economist at Cornerstone Research and is now using both skill sets on a new book due out early next year. The book, tentatively titled Investing in Credit Hedge Funds, is offered as a framework for professional investors. "I don't want the book to be a textbook," Pascualy tells Opalesque. "I want it to be a practical tool for professional investors to use when they evaluate credit hedge fund strategies."

Through her day-to-day work, and writing the book, Pascualy gets an up close look at what investors expect from the credit space, as well as the challenges faced by credit managers. So far 2013 has been a ......................

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