1Q18 Global loan volume down 15% y-o-y;
Decline felt across regions
1Q18 global loan volume tumbled 15% year over year to log less than US$924bn during the first three months of the year. No region was spared a more limited pipeline of deals. The Americas observed an 11% drop in regional issuance with less than US$574bn in loan assets working their way through the market, to make up over 62% of total global volume.