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As leveraged loans boom, will private equity buyouts follow?

Demand for leveraged loans could well be the tail wagging the dog of private equity buyouts.

Money is pouring into leveraged loan funds at an incredible pace. It’s a natural home for investors who are leery of buying bonds at this point in the cycle, when rates could be on the rise, but who still want credit exposure. Leveraged loans are usually floating rate. And that means protection from higher interest rates, unlike bonds, which will fall in price as rates rise.