The leveraged loan market experienced a lackluster year in 2011, with returns down and bids float in both the U.S. and Europe, according to Markit.

Total return for the Markit iBoxx U.S. dollar-denominated Leveraged Loan Index finished the year at 0.90%, down from the high mark of 3.16% in May and up from the low of negative 3.36% in late august. The total return for the Markit Liquid 100 index is negative 0.05%. The historical average for loan returns is approximately 5% per year.

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