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The New Banks – Alternative Lending

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Alternative asset managers are increasingly meeting needs for finance that banks, hampered by capital requirements, multiple layers of regulation and gargantuan fines, can no longer fulfil. Indeed, the Basel-based Bank for International Settlements reported that cross-border lending in the first half of 2015 plunged by $910 billion, the largest drop since the crisis-stricken fourth quarter of 2008. Policymakers, including governments and central banks, are acutely aware of the challenges that some firms face in obtaining finance. Though many governments and large companies fundraise at historic lows, palpable gaps are evident in the middle, smaller and retail markets.

In response, the UK Government has become a matchmaker and entitled its consultation ‘SME finance: help to match SMEs rejected for finance with alternative lenders’ while the Bank of England has a Funding For Lending scheme to encourage more SME lending. The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has set up an Alternative Credit Council which has launched a social housing development fund, plugging another gap left by governments that have scaled back this type of spending. The Hedge Fund Journal has profiled a number of other managers that are active in direct lending strategies.

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