2022 Credit Outlook: Investment Fund Debt – Rating Methodology and Outlook

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Jerry van Koolbergen & Lisa Kwasnowski

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The demand for direct lending funds and other vehicles that invest in middle market loans has increased, as banks have pared back lending to the sector after the global financial crisis. Meanwhile, institutional investors, such as pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, and alternative investment funds, have shown increasing interest in the middle market loan sector, driving demand for direct lending funds and other vehicles that invest in middle market loans. Join DBRS Morningstar's Managing Director of Structured Credit, Jerry van Koolbergen and Senior Vice President of Global FIG, Lisa Kwasnowski for a discussion on our rating methodology for investment fund debt, an introduction to the analytical framework applied when rating direct lending funds, and the outlook on investment fund debt in 2022.

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