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SFA Research Corner: Credit Health of U.S. Households at Year-End

SFA’s latest Research Corner finds consumer sentiment down 19% from a 10-year high, year-over-year, as household net worth, on aggregate, has increased. Household’s financial health drives demand for credit to make purchases and, along with employment, impacts a borrower’s ability to repay debt.

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SFA Research: Triple-A CLOs Weather COVID-Induced Credit Storm

A recent research piece by SFA’s Head of Research, Elen Callahan, takes a look at how the pandemic has affected the CLO market. A new GAO report found highest-rated senior tranches of CLOs remained “largely resilient” following the initial COVID-19 shock even as the leveraged loans deteriorated.

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Federal Reserve Survey Indicates Tightening Lending Standards Despite Diminished Demand

The Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Survey on Bank Lending Practices reports that more banks have tightened credit lending standards for residential, commercial and consumer loans and are also less willing to make consumer installment loans.

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CLO payments cut off due to COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to damper the US economy, some investors are concerned that the safety found in Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) are fleeting. The economic downturn had increased the risk of interest and principal payments being cut off for some of these investment-grade CLOs and the notes at risk have ratings as high as the A tier.

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Fed’s extraordinary measures during these extraordinary times

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. And the Fed continues to respond appropriately. On April 9, the Federal Reserve once again drew on its full range of authorities to expand and establish lending facilities to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to stabilize households, communities and businesses of all sizes during the pandemic crisis and to “ensure that the eventual recovery is as vigorous as possible”.

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COVID-19’s impact on the CLO market

COVID-19, social distancing, a declaration of a national emergency, and an oil price war all arrived in the U.S. in March. SFA takes a look at the potential impact of recent events on the CLO market.