“As we keep on telling our LPs, we are not alternative anymore,” said Lockhead. “Every deal that gets done, private credit is in the mix.”
Eoin Treacy's view
Regulatory arbitrage is one of the commonest ways new financial sector solutions thrive. For example, Alibaba circumvented China’s wide difference between the lending and deposit rate by going direct to consumers via the internet and created Ant Financial. When regulators felt threatened by the company they move to contain its growth.
The fintech sector is attempting to carve a piece out of traditional banking operations by going online and direct to consumer via mobile apps. Companies like Block and PayPal avoid banking regulation but offer credit services in the same ways as credit card companies.
The cryptocurrency sector is primarily aimed at further disrupting the payments and international transfer market.
Private lending and private equity more generally thrived in a falling interest rate environment because asset prices of all varieties rose. Active markets were created in everything from businesses to fine wine and whiskey.
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