We’ve recently started investing in some closed end funds that buy senior loans. The sector became quite overpriced in the Spring and several funds were trading at a premium to NAV. The last couple of months has reversed this, and now it’s possible to buy funds at discounts to NAV of 5% or more. On top of that, the values of the underlying securities have dropped too, so the result is a sector that is 15-20% cheaper than it was six months ago. The ING Prime Rate Trust is an example – this chart shows how its price has dropped and swung from a premium to a discount. It yields about 6% and holds the potential to appreciate if the U.S. economy avoids a recession, which we think it will. We think this is a sector worth considering, and we plan to add on weakess.
Disclosure: Author is long PPR