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Fixed income

Accessing CLOs: risk, return and liquidity considerations

Himani Trivedi
Head of Structured Credit
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Many investors are taking a closer look at collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), an asset class with a 30+ year history and a track record of successfully weathering multiple credit cycles. The equity tranches of CLOs have attracted particular focus, as investors are drawn to the potential to generate double-digit returns while maintaining downside resilience.

In addition, CLO equity stands apart from many traditional credit investments due to its ability to potentially benefit from widening credit spreads. Amid the risk of a potential recession on the horizon — and the greater risk premia demanded by credit investors as a result — this feature has taken on particular importance.

As CLOs attract increased attention, investors are also placing greater focus on different ways of accessing this asset class.

We believe investments in CLOs can bring multiple benefits to a diversified portfolio. The decision how to allocate to CLOs is ultimately dependent on investors’ investment objectives.

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A word on risk

All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including loss of principal, and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. Any investment in collateralized loan obligations or other structured vehicles involves significant risks not associated with more conventional investment alternatives. The portfolios described herein are dynamic and may change over time. Use of the investment process tools and techniques described herein is no guarantee of investment success or positive performance

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