Squeezed in the Middle

It’s ironic. Just as the economy seems to be picking up steam and the Fed is ratcheting up rates to stay ahead of inflation, the prospect of additional tariffs and trade wars risks putting a damper on the whole party.

A recent survey of middle market dealmakers by Antares Capital (and featured by our friends at S&P LCD in their weekly wrap) highlighted these dueling forces. Just under 40% of respondents feel better about the economy than they had in January. But 47% of lenders surveyed expressed worries about what’s to come for the economy.

That view is indeed colored by trade and tariffs. As LCD reported, “more than two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about trade issues, which could have top-to-bottom implications on supply chains.”...


Quote of the Week

“Correlations moving around can do a lot more damage than volatility rising.” – Tom Clarke, global macro strategies, William Blair.

Chart of the Week: Freight Forward

M&A loan volume for the current quarter is on par with last quarter’s activity; share of buyouts down from a year ago.

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Peter Magas

Managing Director

Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company

"Demographics suggest continued demand for healthcare services and the provider base cannot keep pace."

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Mark Habner

Co-Founder & CEO

BeckWay Group

"Individuals within a company truly make the difference in performance and excellence, not the company itself."

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Rod Rivera & David Baker

Managing Directors

Capstone Headwaters

"Value-based care is definitely the theme of the day."

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Andrew Welch

Managing Director

Revelstoke Capital Partners

"We believe scale matters, particularly in healthcare."

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Bram Smith & Lee Shaiman

Outgoing and Incoming Executive Director


"Despite the financial crisis and a sharp pricing drop, loans and CLOs actually performed as promised."

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