Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BDC Surveys


I will be using this page to host upcoming links to surveys as well as the results:

Each survey will provide a link after completion showing the results so far, but please bookmark to check back in after all results are recorded.

Current Surveys:

Monday, December 15, 2014

BDC Buzz Report: 14 December 2014

BDC Market Update

This year has been difficult for BDCs due to being removed from the S&P and Russell indices, continued interest rate fears, general declines in small caps, selling institutional shareholders over the last two quarters and December tax-loss sellers.  I believe that some investors have been selling baskets of investments, including higher quality BDCs, which has created an opportunity for investors. At some point, BDCs will rebound and I will have a series of articles coming out that discusses many of the positive signs that we are seeing including lower borrowing costs, stabilizing or even increasing portfolio yields and less competition from banks as they continue to exit level 3 assets.

Over the next two to three weeks, BDCs will either continue to fall, have a ‘dead cat bounce’ or potentially have a sustained rally into 2015. Investors should be ready for all three of these scenarios and to buy preferred BDCs over the coming weeks. As shown in the previous chart, I believe investors are currently reacting out of fear (in both the general and BDC markets).  The following chart shows the VIX hitting a high in mid-October at the same time BDCs hit a low for the year and there are signs that the VIX is headed to these levels yet again. Volatility – or “market whiplash” – is clearly back in the market.

The CNN Money Fear & Greed Index:

Investors are driven by two emotions: fear and greed. Too much fear can sink stocks well below where they should be. When investors get greedy, they can bid up stock prices way too far.

“We look at 7 indicators:  For each indicator, we look at how far they've veered from their average relative to how far they normally veer. We look at each on a scale from 0 - 100. The higher the reading, the greedier investors are being, and 50 is neutral.”

Source: CNN Money

What should investors do over the next few weeks?

Investors should be ready to buy BDCs that fit their investment profile.  Recently I have noticed that pricing multiples have changed to reflect investors’ perceptions of dividend coverage and risk or capital preservation.  BDCs that continue to trade at lower NAV per share multiples will be capital constrained and could risk losing various credit ratings that could contribute to a higher cost of capital.

There will likely be continued basket and tax-loss selling but at some point I believe BDCs will rebound sharply as they did after the October 15th lows. Also I believe investors will continue to pay higher multiples for higher quality BDCs giving them a clear advantage going into 2015.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

What is a Troll?

From Wikipedia:

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

Top trolls that I deal with on each PSEC article:

I will keep track of comments (even the ones that are deleted from Seeking Alpha due to being considered 'abusive') so that readers have context for our continued conversation and hope that others find humor in this blog.

Recent comments from 'koleffstephan':

"Heck, maybe you can sell some of the Hercules BDC stock that you are touting (all of the insiders of Hercules have been selling, why not you too and join the club!) and use the money to have a mental health care professional give you some humbling self-deprecating attitude reality check. Jusy sayin."

" Mr. Buzz: You too "write the same content and hidden biased verbiage on PSEC." Please "don't try next week," to write some more on PSEC - save your time and our eyesight."
" You really are writing and drinking koolaid. I am entitled to read any and all articles on my investments - including PSEC - and while many articles on PSEC are worthwhile, yours are not."

" It is "absurdly extreme" to think that Hercules insiders "have more skin in the game" than the PSEC insiders (including the CEO's of each respective company). Just saying."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BDCL Weightings

The following information was provided to me by UBS for the Wells Fargo BDC Index that should correlate to the weightings for BDCL/BDCS as of September 23, 2014.