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Private Credit: Views From an Industry Ranked Analyst

Seth Kadushin

Seth Kadushin
Director of Capital Markets, Virtus ETF Solutions
Portfolio Manager, Virtus ETF Advisers LLC

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Finian O’Shea
Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst 
Wells Fargo Securities

Seth Kadushin, Portfolio Manager and Director of Capital Markets, sits down with Finian O’Shea, an industry ranked, Wells Fargo Securities’ Private Credit and Business Development Company sector analyst, to discuss this complex asset class.

Topics discussed:

• A primer on Business Development Companies (BDCs)
• The effects of the pandemic on private credit
• Drawing comparisons to traditional high yield
• How lower for longer may effect private credit

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IMPORTANT RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF): The value of an ETF may be more volatile than the underlying portfolio of securities it is designed to track. The costs of owning the ETF may exceed the cost of investing directly in the underlying securities. Private Credit Funds: Private credit funds that invest in closed-end funds and business development companies bear the risks of these underlying assets, including liquidity, industry, currency, valuation and credit risks. Equity Securities: The market price of equity securities may be adversely affected by financial market, industry, or issuer specific events. Focus on a particular style or on small or medium-sized companies may enhance that risk. Non-Diversified: The fund is non-diversified and may be more susceptible to factors negatively impacting its holdings to the extent that each security represents a larger portion of the fund’s assets. Credit & Interest: Debt securities are subject to various risks, the most prominent of which are credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/ or principal payments. Values of debt securities may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities. High Yield-High Risk Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater level of credit risk and price volatility involved with high yield securities than investment grade securities. Fund of Funds: Because the fund can invest in other funds, it indirectly bears its proportionate share of the operating expenses and management fees of the underlying fund(s). Passive Strategy/Index Risk: A passive investment strategy seeking to track the performance of the underlying Index may result in the fund holding securities regardless of market conditions or their current or projected performance. This could cause the fund’s returns to be lower than if the fund employed an active strategy. Correlation to Index: The performance of the fund and its index may vary somewhat due to factors such as fund flows, transaction costs, and timing differences associated with additions to and deletions from its index. Market Price/ NAV: At the time of purchase and/or sale, an investor’s shares may have a market price that is above or below the fund’s NAV, which may increase the investor’s risk of loss. Closed-End Funds: Closed-end funds may trade at a discount or premium from their net asset values, which may affect whether an investor will realize gains or losses. They may also employ leverage, which may increase volatility. Equity REITs: The fund may be negatively affected by factors specific to the real estate market, including interest rates, leverage, property, and management. Infrastructure: A fund that focuses its investments in infrastructure-related companies will be more sensitive to conditions affecting their business or operations. MLPs: Investments in Master Limited Partnerships may be adversely impacted by tax law changes, regulation, or factors affecting underlying assets. Market Volatility: Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issue, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio manager(s) to invest the fund’s assets as intended. Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund’s prospectus.

The Indxx Private Credit Index is an index of listed business development companies ('BDCs') and closed end funds ('CEFs') with a private credit focus. The Index is designed to serve as a broad-based benchmark for long-only investments in private credit. The Index is unmanaged, its returns do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges, and is not available for direct investment.

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