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The case for CLO equity: complementing private equity

Himani Trivedi
Head of Structured Credit
Paper aeroplane on a board

Traditional private equity funds – portfolios of privately-owned companies which have been acquired by specialized firms, or “sponsors” – are a mainstay allocation for many institutional investors. These funds account for a significant portion of the alternatives exposure in public pensions, endowments, family offices, and other sophisticated, long-horizon investors.

This paper discusses why adding CLO equity to private-equity alternatives allocations may be worth considering. Overall, this unique asset class provides benefits for institutional investors seeking increased potential for diversification, liquidity, and historically favorable outcomes in higher interest rate environments.

Key highlights


An environment of higher-for-longer interest rates is likely to tilt returns in favor of debt holders and be a potential advantage to the current vintage of CLO equity.

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