Participation in Leveraged Loans: It's Not Just About Credit Risk

6 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014

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Richard Christopher Whalen

Whalen Global Advisors LLC; Mortgage Bankers Association; National Mortgage News; FINRA

Date Written: December 10, 2014


Even as banks have decreased their exposure to residential mortgage loans since 2008, bank exposure to leveraged lending has risen dramatically. The $1 trillion total asset leveraged loan market poses a significant and growing source of credit risk to U.S. depository institutions and investors. Further, the full extent of the risk posed by leveraged loans as an asset class is not adequately understood by investors, regulators, and the markets as a whole. In addition to the well-documented credit risk posed by leverage loans, KBRA believes that the widespread practice of participating shares of leveraged loans represents a significant additional risk to financial institutions and other investors from this asset class.

Keywords: Leveraged loans, loan participation, leveraged lending, true sale, energy loans, banks, FDIC, Receiver, bankruptcy

JEL Classification: G1, G2, G10, G18, G,20, G28, G33, G38, K20, K22, K23, N2,

Suggested Citation

Whalen, Richard Christopher, Participation in Leveraged Loans: It's Not Just About Credit Risk (December 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

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