Source: Cliffwater Direct Lending Index and BofA Merrill Lynch US High Yield Effective Yield
The red line in the chart is the *Cliffwater Direct Lending Index (CDLI) current yield, which is based on the investment income of the underlying assets held by public and private BDCs. BDCs invest in middle market companies, and the Index comprises of more than 6000 middle market loans – with 56% senior debt, 31% subordinate debt and 9% equity. The blue line displays the BofA Merrill Lynch US High Yield, which tracks the performance of USD denominated below investment grade corporate debt publically issued in the US. Increase in high yield depicts dislocations in market, pricing in higher risk.