MiB: Armen Panossian, Oaktree Capital Administration



This week, we converse with Armen Panossian, managing director and head of performing credit score at Oaktree Capital Administration, which has $179 billion in belongings underneath administration. He oversees the agency’s liquid and personal credit score methods, and in addition serves as a portfolio supervisor inside Oaktree’s world non-public debt and world credit score methods. He beforehand labored for Pequot Capital Administration, the place he labored on distressed debt technique. Panossian holds an MS diploma in well being companies analysis from Stanford Medical Faculty; a JD diploma from Harvard Regulation Faculty; and an MBA from Harvard Enterprise Faculty. He serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Financial Coverage Analysis.

We talk about what it was like through the nice monetary disaster when Oaktree had arrange a distressed bond fund — they have been buying 100 million {dollars} of bonds per day, usually the one bidder on the time, and usually watching the purchases go underwater instantly by 10-20%. The fund quickly after recovered, and generated wild outperformance over its lifespan.

Panossian explains how the present setting has been probably the most thrilling set of bond alternatives for the reason that GFC. The sudden enhance in charges — 500 foundation factors in 18 months — towards the inflationary backdrop despatched Bonds down 16%, with large value strikes because of the sudden shift within the yield curve. Collateralized Mortgage Obligations with floating charges did properly, however the remainder of the sector simply froze as patrons disappeared, and costs started to fall. It was an enormous value decline the place syndicators bought caught, very paying homage to the 2008-09 period for banks. Personal direct non-bank lenders stepped into the void, creating each dangers and alternatives.

An inventory of his favourite books is right here; A transcript of our dialog is out there right here Tuesday.

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Make sure you take a look at our Masters in Enterprise subsequent week with Gary Cohn, Assistant to the President for Financial Coverage and Director of the Nationwide Financial Council from 2017-2018; he was President and Chief Working Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group from 2006-2016. At present, he’s Vice Chairman of IBM.




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