Summer School

For those of us with liberal arts degrees, the topic can be a sensitive one. We’re talking about those published surveys showing the best-and-worst paying college majors.

Inevitably, engineers rule, and this year is no exception. According to a chart courtesy our friends at the Daily Shot [link], six of the top ten best paying majors are in engineering fields. The other four are economics, physics, computer science and math. The bottom five (on a list of fifty) are music, interior design, Spanish, education and religion.

Our own area of concentration (English) ranks #35, just ahead of Forestry (#36), and behind Biology (#34). Surprisingly, Philosophy scored high on the list at #16, lagging Finance (#14), but topping Chemistry (#18) and Geology (#20). We suspect Philosophy majors take a more or less philosophical view of surveys in general...


Quote of the Week

“Away from the trade war, just about everything is lining up positively.” – Julian Emanuel, chief equity and derivatives strategist, BTIG.

Chart of the Week: Shrinking Gap

The illiquidity premium earned by middle market loans over broadly syndicated ones has generally tightened, now at less than 70 bps, while all-in spreads have risen.

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"Middle market companies are critical elements of industry clusters across the country."

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BeckWay Group

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

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

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The Pulse of Private Equity – 8/13/2018

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Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis – 8/13/2018

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PDI Picks – 8/13/2018

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Private Debt Intelligence – 8/13/2018

Distressed Debt Outperforms Other Private Debt Strategies The private debt industry has historically been dominated by three main strategies: direct lending, distressed debt and mezzanine, which collectively account for around four-fifths of private debt assets under management. Median returns for these strategies, and for private debt overall, have been strong, and returns have consistently hovered

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