Public and Private Credit: Expanding Investment Horizons for All
The credit market, a $13 trillion world, offers more than bonds. It consists of dozens of opportunities ready to amplify returns, diversify portfolios, and generate steady income. Looking closer at the credit market, we find public and private credit, each presenting unique paths for investors, from large institutions to individuals.
Public credit is debt traded on public markets, while private credit is non-traded and often higher-yielding. Understanding both helps investors of all sizes navigate the credit spectrum. Here’s how they work:
Corporate Credit: Investors buy a retailer’s new issue bond in a public transaction or privately structure a term loan for a retailer needing liquidity.
Residential Mortgages and Loans (RMBS): Publicly, one can purchase a non-agency RMBS bond, while private dealings might involve buying individual residential loans.
Asset-Backed Securities (ABS): In the public market, an investor can acquire an ABS bond backed by car payments. Privately, they could purchase a pool of personal loans.
Understanding Private and Public Credit Categories
The credit landscape broadens further when we explore its categories. Corporate credit includes debt issued by corporations for various purposes, while securitized debt bundles and resells different loans as a unique type of bond.
Investment-grade bonds with high credit ratings offer safety, while high-yield bonds, although riskier, promise greater returns. Global exposure is achievable through bonds from emerging markets. Even when companies experience short-term hiccups, opportunities arise in the form of stressed debt.
More specialized credit instruments include Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and Asset-Backed Securities (ABS). Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO Debt), filled with lower-rated corporate loans and direct corporate lending, relying on a company’s future cash flows, offer diverse opportunities.
Real estate offers both Residential and Commercial Real Estate (CRE) lending backed by mortgages or commercial properties. Personal use loans fall under consumer lending. Specialty finance helps those unable to secure regular financing. Lastly, capital relief aids banks and rescue finance provides a lifeline to distressed companies.
Why is this relevant to individual investors and not just big institutions? Well, diversification is key to any portfolio, large or small. Including different credit types can spread risk and increase potential returns.
Plus, private credit can offer higher yields, appealing to both institutions and individuals seeking income. Moreover, some categories, like consumer lending or specialty finance, are inherently more accessible to smaller investors.
Opening New Doors to Investment Success
Brimming with public and private opportunities, the credit market presents a fertile ground for all investors. Regardless of your portfolio’s size, understanding the intricacies of each credit category presents an opportunity to maximize returns, offer consistent income, and diversify investment risk.
Our mission at FundKernel is to unify and simplify your alternative investment business by offering the industry’s first digital ecosystem that integrates product sourcing, due diligence, order processing, and transparent reporting. We invite you to start a conversation about how we can improve your approach to credit investments for your clients. It’s not just about taking the next step. It’s about choosing the right one for your client’s financial future.