Trump and the Middle Market


At this writing it’s only been three weeks since the November 8 “tectonic shift” – as veteran financier Henry Kaufman dubbed the US election results. And while this Brexit-like outcome has injected a high degree of uncertainty into capital markets globally, there are potential positives emerging.

In particular, we are encouraged by possible tailwinds for private credit and the middle market. Many of the dynamics we have seen over the years we expect will remain in place as the environment for middle market lending remains favorable. Keeping in mind that prognostication is a long way from policy, we’ve considered several issues where these sectors might benefit in the context of a Trump administration...


“People are now thinking the glass is half full.”
Jimmy Chang, chief investment strategist, Rockefeller & Co.

Chart of the Week: Industrial Strength


Five sectors comprise 60% of all middle market institutional loans.

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Mickey Levy

Chief Economist for US and Asia

Berenberg Capital Markets

"Corporate tax reform and some easing of burdensome regulations likely would boost business investment spending. "

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Tom Cassidy

Managing Director

US Bank

" Our PE clients are attracted to the commitment we have to build a deep relationship over the long term."

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Tod Trabocco

Managing Director

Cambridge Associates LLC

"Whatever the numbers tell you, anecdotal evidence suggests that many direct lenders are overwhelmed with opportunities to prudently invest their capital."

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Steven Miller


Fulcrum Financial Data

"The market has turned 180 degrees since January. It shows how dynamic the loan market has become."

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Fran Beyers

Senior Market Analyst

Thomson Reuters LPC

"The smaller the deal, the harder it is to get terms."

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Theodore L. Koenig

President & CEO

Monroe Capital

""Most financial firms don't fail because of losses, they fail due to a lack of liquidity.""

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When a company announces that it is increasing the amount paid out to shareholders, it is not typically greeted with enthusiasm by credit investors. But Glencore is no ordinary company in the CDS world, and its announcement on December 1 wasn’t a standard chance in financial policy.

The Swiss firm said that it would be resuming dividend payments after a hiatus of more than a year. Back in September 2015, Glencore was under enormous pressure as it groaned under the weight of its high debt burden and struggled to cope with falling commodity prices. Five-year CDS spreads widened from 350bps to 850bps in the space of two weeks...

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Credit strategy hedge funds have recorded strong recent performance in 2016 YTD, making gains of 7.03% as of the end of October. Despite this, the strategy has struggled to attract investor capital, and suffered net outflows through the first two quarters of the year. This has led to a diminution of the strategy’s total assets under management (AUM) from the end of 2015, but net inflows in Q3 suggest that recent returns have been bolstering investor confidence

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