Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Great Debt Robbery.

Out of crisis ultimately comes opportunity. Generally speaking, not always.

So, cautiously, in small chunks, slowly and steadily, I'm putting money in a high yield fund over the next 12 - 18 months.

MarketWatch: Richards: 'Great' era for distressed-debt investing.


Bruce Richards, chief executive of $12 billion hedge fund firm Marathon Asset Management, said on Monday that a "great" era of distressed debt investing is coming very soon as hundreds of companies file for bankruptcy.
Some of the best opportunities are in the mortgage market, where struggling regional banks are trying to sell troubled home loans, he added.

"This is the great distressed debt era," Richards said during a speech at a hedge fund conference organized by Institutional Investor in San Francisco. "It's the single best investment opportunity in 17 years."

Distressed debt investors like Richards buy bonds and other securities of troubled businesses in the hope of selling at a big profit later when the companies either recover or reorganize in bankruptcy.

Some hedge-fund investors say distressed debt will generate strong returns in coming years as the credit crunch triggers more corporate bankruptcies, creating a wealth of new opportunities.

Richards said on Monday that his firm is monitoring 150 to 200 companies that will likely file for bankruptcy protection from creditors over the next 12 to 18 months. The default rate on high-yield debt will likely jump to 8% in the next year, he added.


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