In recent months, portfolio managers of cash flow CLO vehicles have been faced with the unenviable task of keeping their CLOs afloat in an environment in which bank loan prices in the global loan markets have declined to unprecedented levels. This task has become increasingly difficult, due in large part to certain provisions in the underlying CLO documentation that, in today's illiquid market, no longer operate as intended. At a time when it is more important than ever for managers to actively manage the credit risk in their CLO portfolios, CLO managers have suddenly found their hands tied by provisions that, while initially conceived to safeguard the credit quality of CLO portfolios, now serve as a disincentive for managers to replace credit impaired loans with stronger ones. This article will examine the dilemma confronting CLO managers who wish to improve their portfolios by trading rapidly deteriorating loans for better-performing so-called "deep discount" loans.
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