The S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index has returned 1.76% year to date under performing vs. fixed rate high yield bonds.  The low rate environment and continued demand for yield generating asset classes has pushed the S&P U.S. Issued High Yield Corporate Bond Index returns to  4.32% year to date as yields have fallen by 38bps since year end.

Three myths of the U.S. senior loan market:

Myth 1: Senior loans are more volatile than high yield bonds:  the data just does not support this statement.

The five year standard deviation of index level changes (as of quarter end March 31, 2014):

  • S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index:  7.28%
  • S&P U.S. Issued High Yield Corporate Bond Index: 8.27%

Biggest index drop:

  • S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index:  -27.9% Dec 2008
  • S&P U.S. Issued High Yield Corporate Bond Index: -30.4% Nov 2008

(In Feb 2009, the S&P 500 was down over 46% and the S&P GSCI was down over 67%)

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