A history of compelling risk-adjusted returns

While past performance is not a guarantee of future results, Direct Lending’s growth in popularity among institutional and high net worth investors can, in large part, be attributed to its history of delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns across various market cycles.

Historical Risk/Return Since 2005*

DL - Risk-Return Scatterplot - 2Q23

*Data time period: December 31, 2005 through June 30, 2023. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There can be no assurance that historical trends will continue during the life of any fund. Sources: Bloomberg; Cliffwater Direct Lending Index (“CDLI”). Benchmarks: Cliffwater Direct Lending Index, S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index, Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index, Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Municipal Index, Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index, Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Index,. Risk measured as standard deviation of quarterly returns. Indices are not actively managed and investors cannot invest directly in the indices. Please see the important information page for Indices definitions.  ​ 

An illustrative portfolio allocation to direct lending

A 10% allocation to direct lending can increase annual portfolio income by nearly 25%

Traditional 60/40 Portfolio
  Allocation Current Yield
Equity 60% 1.6%
Fixed Income 40% 4.8%
Weighted Average Yield 2.9%
Reallocation with 10% Direct Lending
  Allocation Current Yield
Equity 55% 1.6%
Fixed Income 35% 4.8%
Direct Lending 10% 11.6%
Weighted Average Yield 3.7%

Data as of June 30, 2023. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There can be no assurance that historical trends will continue during the life of any fund. 1. Weighted Average Yield represents the yield generated by each hypothetical portfolio, accounting for the portion of each portfolio allocated to each asset. Equity is represented by the S&P 500 Total Return Index, Source: Bloomberg; Fixed Income is represented by the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Total Return Index, Source: Bloomberg; Direct Lending is represented by the Cliffwater Direct Lending Index, Source: Cliffwater.


Direct lending has been a consistent source of income

Cliffwater Direct Lending Index Performance

Annual Total Returns Since Inception



Annual Income Returns Since Inception

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As of 12/31/22. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There can be no assurance that historical trends will continue during the life of any fund. There can be no assurance that historical trends will continue during the life of any fund. The performance shown is index performance and is not representative of any investment’s performance. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Direct lending is represented by the Cliffwater Direct Lending (“CDLI”) Index. OCIC’s asset mix will differ than that of the CDLI. Investors should not expect the same performance when investing in OCIC.

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