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Syndicated loans return 10% in 2016

04 January 2017

IHS Markit's 2016 Q4 and full year syndicated loan market snapshot shows strong performance for leveraged loans and CLOs in Europe and the US.


Loans had a strong year, nearly doubling historical average returns of 5%

  • 10.14%: Markit iBoxx USD Leveraged Loan Index total return 2016
  • 9.20%: Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Leveraged Loan Index total return 2016
  • Both indexes posted strong gains in Q4 2016
  • Prices increased in US, Europe and Asia in Q4 and for the year 2016
  • Spreads tightened in almost every sector in Q4, led by energy
  • The CLO market firmed througout the year in both Europe and US

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