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“This is literally 2008 played out over toilet paper and not commercial paper.” 
– Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, University of Michigan.
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The Great Stay-In (Second of a Series)
This week we’ve been doing bedchecks on our lender friends in the credit markets. We caught up with one long-time practitioner, hanging out in the home office with family (as he put it) in “bathrobes and bunny slippers.” But clearly plugged in.

“The capital markets went from price perfection to price combustion,” he told us. “Last month deals were sailing through. Today it’s a whole new ballgame. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and nothing going on in the market.”

A leading CLO manager had a similar assessment. “There’s a massive bid/ask spread with liquid names, but trading is going on. It’s not a lock-down yet. That’s been important for managers cleaning up positions in travel and airlines.”...

➢ Next week: We look at private equity activity. Are deals getting done?
Readers' Say
This Week’s Question
How does COVID-19 change your behavior?
(*All responses are confidential.)
Wash hands, use hand sanitizer often
Avoid restaurants and public places
Wear facemask; keep social distance
Stockpile food, binge watch Netflix, Hulu, Disney
Eat dinner with kids; help them with their homework
Last Week's Results
Which industry will be least affected by COVID-19?
Chart of the Week
Price Choppier
The average bid for the most liquid leverage loans cratered as the effects of the coronavirus have taken hold.
Source: Refinitiv LPC
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The Pulse of Private Equity
The private markets aren’t immune
Much was made of the “buoyant” nature of the SuperReturn conference earlier this month. The gathering took place just as stocks began stuttering and the opportunity for turnaround artists looked vibrant...
Contact:   Alex Lykken / PitchBook
High-Yield Bond Statistics
Weekly fund flows source:  Lipper
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February new issues soften;
March is a guessing game
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Private Debt slow to adopt ESG Frameworks
In most alternative asset classes, ESG has been the acronym on everyone’s lips, but not so much in the private debt industry...
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