Triangle-Public versus Private Credit Perspective as the Fed Changes Course
Wed, March 6 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Following surprisingly benign inflation trends for the past six months, the latest communications from the Fed indicate that rate cuts are coming. It now appears to be just a matter of when and how many. Beyond the Fed, there is much to navigate from a global fixed income perspective as credit spreads are tight across the spectrum of publicly traded credit while certain developing world policy makers have already begun aggressively slashing their respective policy rates in response to a deflationary pulse largely stemming from economic weakness in China.
Importantly, in addition to public debt markets is the burgeoning world of private credit which is increasingly proving to be an increasingly powerful complement to public market funding. Private Credit, for example, in a post global financial crisis world that has brought heightened regulation to the US banking system, is an additional source of funding that is helping facilitate M&A activity and is also helping provide flexibility, speed, and certainty to corporate borrowers across numerous sectors of the economy.
Chris Dillon, CFA: Investment Specialist in the Global Fixed Income Division and a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Chris’s investment experience began in 1993, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2006, beginning in the Fixed Income Division as a global fixed-income specialist with dedicated responsibility for the firm’s municipal bond, emerging market debt, and international fixed income teams. Chris also worked in the Multi-Asset Division, where he was responsible for articulating a market view for the firm. Most recently, Chris returned to the Global Fixed Income Division, where he expresses the investment views for the overall division. Chris earned a B.A., cum laude, in history/economics from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Wilmington University. Chris also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation
Fritz Thomas: Head of Client Coverage and Partner, Oak Hill Advisors
Fritz Thomas has primary responsibility for investment product development and client coverage. Mr. Thomas is a member of various firm committees including risk, compliance, and ESG committees. Prior to joining OHA in 2008, he worked at Deutsche Bank for ten years, most recently as Managing Director and head of global distribution for CDOs and other alternative products. Until his return to New York from London in June 2008, his duties also included management of Deutsche Bank’s European CDO platform. Mr. Thomas previously worked at Bankers Trust Company, where he structured and syndicated corporate loans before joining the CDO Group. In addition, he worked at Chemical Bank in a corporate lending function. Mr. Thomas earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.