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Private placements are a negotiated sale in which securities are sold directly to investors, rather than through broker dealers in a public offering. They are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. They also are open to larger investment institutions that meet standards which allow the purchase under this SEC exemption.
Privately placed debt encompasses a wide variety of fixed income structures including secured and unsecured corporate obligations, lease related financing for real property (real estate investment trusts and pass-through obligations) and personal property from equipment leases on rail cars and aircraft to operating equipment and inventory, project finance, asset backed loans and government agency securities. This asset class averaged $39B in new issuance for the last 5 years with roughly a 50:50 split between domestic and foreign credits.