The Evolution of Syndicated Loan Markets

Yener Altunbas, Blaise Gadanecz, Alper Kara

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This paper provides a historical perspective on the development of the global syndicated loan market, where $2.6 trillion worth of funds were raised in 2004. The emergence of the Eurodollar market in the 1960s, the balance of payments problems of non-oil-exporting emerging countries in the 1970s, the Latin American financial crises and the US merger wave of the 1980s, and finally the competitive financial environment and the emergence of the secondary loan market during the 1990s are reviewed. These have been the most influential financial developments that shaped the syndicated loan markets in the last few decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-707
Number of pages19
JournalService Industries Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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