The opportunities in business development companies (BDCs)

Business development companies, or BDCs, may provide investors with an alternative source of income. BDCs generate relatively high yields and offer historically low correlation to non-equity asset classes. Their diversified loan structures help withstand multiple rate environments. In the upcoming webcast, Putnam Investments and VettaFi will highlight the benefits of business development companies to help financial advisors diversify and bolster their client portfolios’ yield-generating capabilities.

February 23, 2023
11am PT | 2pm ET
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Topics will include:

  • What is a Business Development Company (BDC) and how are BDCs structured
  • Why BDCs are compelling investment opportunities in today's market environment
  • How BDCs have held up historically during market volatility
  • The benefits and risks of BDCs
  • How financial advisors can incorporate a BDC fund strategy to enhance an income portfolio


Michael C. Petro, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Investment Management
Putnam Investments

Lara Crigger


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Consider these risks before investing: Business development companies (BDCs) generally invest in less mature U.S. private companies or thinly traded U.S. public companies, which involves greater risk than well-established publicly traded companies. The fund will be sensitive to, and its performance will depend to a greater extent on, the overall condition of the financials sector.

The use of leverage by BDCs magnifies gains and losses on amounts invested and increases the risks associated with investing in BDCs. A BDC may make investments with greater risk of volatility and loss of principal than other investment options and may also be highly speculative and aggressive. Certain BDCs may also be difficult to value since many of the assets of BDCs do not have readily ascertainable market values.

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