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Private debt assets to double but increasingly subject to market vulnerabilities

Friday, March 15, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The private debt market has experienced significant growth since 2008's global financial crisis, moving from a niche investment to an integral part of institutional portfolios, but it is unclear how competitive pressures and macro-economic changes will affect the asset class's growth and maturation in the coming years.

A report by SEI Investments Company in collaboration with Preqin, "Private Debt: Preparing for the Unknown" illustrates trends in the private debt industry, and highlights the different perspectives shared by managers (General Partners or GPs) and investors (Limited Partners or LPs).

The report, surveying more than 200 private debt managers and investors to explore this market's evolution and potential opportunities, pointed out that private debt appeals to a wide variety of investors.

In addition to foundations and endowments, public- and private-sector pension funds lead this segment, accounting for 51 percent of the investor pool.

However, data surrounding the role of family offices signals a shift toward the individual investor segment, with 10 percent in average allocations and 59 percent of GPs indicating it is becoming an even more important source of capital going forward.

Assets under management projected to double, but challenges remain

Although assets under management are projected to double in the next five years to $1.4 trillion, according to Preqin, private debt is not immune......................

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