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U.S. High Yield Debt Spreads ‘Overvalued’ for Longest Period Ever

July 23, 2014

Yield premiums paid to investors holding U.S. high yield debt offer the least value for the longest on record, according to Martin Fridson, a money manager at Lehmann, Livian, Fridson Avisors LLC. “Overvaluation (whether extreme or non-extreme)has put together an unbroken streak of 25 months, nearly double the previous record,” Fridson said in a note first published by S&P. This article was taken from the

New Distressed Debt Hedge Fund Mandates Rise

July 16, 2014

Institutional searches for distressed debt hedge funds last quarter fell for the first time since Bloomberg began tracking the data in April 2013. The number of distressed debt hedge fund mandates had previously increased every quarter, reaching a high of 27 during the first three months of this year, representing one-fifth of all institutional searches

Energy Industry’s Default Rate Soars as Others See Drop: Fitch

July 2, 2014

  The industry default rate of the utilities, power and gas sector spiked to 30.1 percent in the first four months of the year on Energy Future Holdings Corp.’s bankruptcy filing compared with a 5.6 percent average rate between 1980 and 2013, Fitch data show. Most other industries have seen their default rates decline in 2014 vs. the 1980-13 period. This graph is from

Bove: U.S. Bank Loan Sales Echo Resolution Trust Corp.’s Bad Debt Sales of 1990s

February 18, 2014

U.S. banks are selling non-performing loan pools and they are finding buyers that include business development companies, PE firms and hedge funds, recalling debt sales conducted by the Resolution Trust Corp. in the 1990s, Richard X. Bove, vice president of equity research at Rafferty Capital Markets LLC, tells Bloomberg Brief’s

Huffard: Shipping Sector on Course for Recovery Amid Decline in New Supply

January 31, 2014

The shipping industry has emerged from the most “frantic” part of its crisis thanks to an improving global economy, a drop in new ship construction and an influx of investment from hedge funds and private equity investors, Flip Huffard, senior managing director of restructuring and reorganization at Blackstone Group LP,