Why private markets
Driven by fewer higher-yielding opportunities in public markets following the global financial crisis, private markets have become a mainstay of institutional portfolios globally.
In today’s volatile environment this challenge persists, reinforcing the attractiveness of private markets which typically offer higher and more stable income streams than traditional fixed income. Certain asset classes also benefit from features such as floating rates and secured loans that can enhance portfolio protection in inflationary environments.
BNP Paribas Asset Management has a long track record in sourcing and managing private debt solutions. Our dedicated platform, launched in 2017, manages over €20bn of assets across the private markets universe.
The team includes more than 100 seasoned portfolio managers and credit specialists working in Paris, London, New York and Amsterdam. Together, they provide clients with access to an extensive range of multi-asset strategies. Underpinning our strategies are three core beliefs (below). Adherence to these is fundamental to generating long-term sustainable investment returns.
- INDEPENDENT AND RIGOROUS CREDIT PROCESS
- MULTI-CHANNEL ORIGINATION
- ESG INTEGRATION
Our strategies cover a broad spectrum of the private markets universe including corporate loans, real assets and structured finance. We continue to enhance and expand our range to meet evolving client needs, most recently with the inclusion of Dutch mortgages and private equity.
With sustainability at the core of how we invest, ESG criteria is fully integrated into each of our private market strategies.
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 BNP Paribas Asset Management, April 2022
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