New demand stokes red-hot loan market

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During the first quarter of this year, a deluge of institutional investors stormed the loan market pushing the ranks of non-bank investors to a record high of 189 from 170 at the end of 2004 and 133 a year earlier. These new players came from every corner of the investor universe: hedge funds, mutual fund managers, pension funds investing through separate accounts, high-yield investors and structured finance vehicles.

But the exuberance that investors are showing toward the loan ma

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