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2Q 2018 Leveraged Finance Market Outlook

The high yield market eked out a positive return in the second quarter while issuance continued to decline and flows to mutual funds and ETFs remained negative. Defaults remained about even with last year, at 2.06%, while credit quality continued to improve.

The leveraged loan market posted a return of 0.78% for the quarter, continuing the trend of the first quarter. Issuance continued to be robust, hitting the second-highest level on record, and demand remained strong.