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Credit Investments Group

Leading noninvestmentgrade credit franchise

Credit Investments Group (CIG) is a recognized global non‑investment‑grade credit manager investing in senior loans, high‑yield bonds, rated and equity tranches of collateralized loan obligations (CLO), and private credit. 

Credit Suisse Asset Management’s Credit Investments Group is one of the largest non‑investment‑grade credit managers in the US and Western Europe with substantial scale, an extensive network, and experienced local teams in New York and London. CIG offers a select suite of credit strategies designed to help investors meet capital preservation needs and enhance yield opportunities.

Inception of platform in 1998

Two senior members of the Corporate Credit Committee have managed portfolios together for 26 years

Award‑winning institutional credit franchise1

Investment Strategies

Senior secured loans

Investments in higher‑yielding, secured, and unsecured floating‑rate senior loans can provide attractive current income coupled with a short duration profile and low historical correlations to core fixed‑income holdings.

Private credit opportunities

Private Credit Opportunities (PCO) is a direct lending offering that sits within CIG, focused on directly originating secured non‑investment‑grade loans from financial sponsors and corporates.

High-yield bonds

Within the investment process framework, bottom‑up analysis drives the selection of individual investments and a high level of diversity, with strict quality, issuer, and industry concentration criteria.

Structured credit

Collateralized loan obligations (CLO) are securities that are backed by a pool of loans. CIG manages both US and European CLOs, and is one of the leading CLO managers by AuM globally, but also invests in rated and equity tranches of CLOs.

Multi‑asset credit

CIG offers multi‑asset strategies focused on non‑investment‑grade credit with a dynamic asset allocation between senior secured loans, high yield bonds, and structured credit.

Credit opportunities

A natural extension of CIG capabilities investing in high‑conviction relative value opportunities across the credit market, which seeks to maximize current income for investors.

Why now for non-investment grade corporate credit?

Diversification benefits of syndicated loans
 

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What are senior loans?

Senior loans are called “senior” because of their position within a company’s capital structure. As the name suggests, senior loans generally have a first priority on the borrower’s assets. In the event a company files for bankruptcy, creditors of the company are paid back in a specific order and senior loan holders are generally among the first to be repaid.

Why invest in senior loans?

Aside from offering compelling return potential and superiority in the capital structure, senior loans also offer investors a number of other advantages:

  • Solid historical performance and low defaults
  • Low correlation to other asset classes
  • Interest payments that track the rate environment
  • Hedge against rising interest rates and inflation
  • Potential for higher income
  • Predominantly institutional investor base

These attributes have led many investors to make long‑term strategic allocations to senior loans to reap the potential benefits through market cycles.

Senior loan risk: There are a number of risks associated with an investment in senior loans including credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk, and prepayment risk. Lack of an active trading market, restrictions on resale, irregular trading activity, wide bid/ask spreads, and extended trade settlement periods may impair the ability to sell senior loans within the desired time frame or at an acceptable price and the ability to accurately value existing and prospective investments.

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Growth of institutional market for senior loans

Senior loans date back to the late 1980s, when the market for high‑yield bonds expanded in the US and institutional investors began to participate in the purchase of loans. This development continued with the increasing consolidation of the US banking sector in the 1990s. The growth of this asset class was primarily down to the increasing involvement of non‑banks, investment funds, and above all pension funds. 

Demand for the asset class among institutional investors has increased substantially. The market for non‑investment grade loans is currently estimated at USD 1.4 trillion, thus outstripping the market for high‑yield bonds.

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Investors in senior loans

The senior loan market has largely been an institutionally dominated market since its genesis. There are higher barriers to entry compared to traditional equity or fixed income markets, which inherently blocks retail investors from buying individual loans on the open market. Broadly, this dynamic creates a stickier investor base for the asset class, which limits the volume of daily inflows/outflows that retail‑driven markets experience. Lastly, since collateralized loan obligations (CLO) make up roughly two‑thirds of the loan market and have a typical life of roughly eight to ten years, it creates a strong buyer base for the market as a whole.

White Papers

January 2023

A Case for Senior Loans

October 2023

Introduction to CLO

October 2023

A closer look at CLO equity

Opportunities and risks

Reasons to invest

Potential risks

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1 For more information about the award methodology, time frame, and the number of companies included in the analysis, please visit www.morningstar.com, lipperfundawards.com, creditflux.com and globalcapital.com.

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