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As the calendar flipped to 2020, many market prognosticators agreed that one of the longest economic expansions on record would continue throughout the year. Unemployment rates were near record lows across most major economies and many were expecting a record year for corporate earnings. The signing of the Phase One U.S-China trade deal helped drive markets to all-time highs in the early part of February. Nobody saw the rapid escalation of a global pandemic that pushed the global economy into recession and global markets into a tailspin.
This newsletter covers the shift in distressed investing this year amid the uncertainty surrounding the length and economic impacts of the pandemic, including a look back at the previous expansion that led to exponential growth of leveraged credit markets. Historically, distressed hedge funds have performed well after a crash, and as companies across many sectors face immense pressure, this current cycle is likely to create a robust opportunity set.
The last Friday in June brings a unique set of challenges for investors managing to the indices of FTSE Russell…
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