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BDC Wrap-Up: Thursday August 23 2018

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There were two items on the day, none deserving of a full feature article but both posted to the Daily News Table:
  • HTGC loses a Controller. His replacement raises a question – whose answer may be banal – about whether the BDC is partly outsourcing its financial management.
  • A CSWC purchases shares in the BDC.


The UBS Exchange Traded Note with the ticker BDCS – which is based on the Wells Fargo BDC Index – was up 0.15% on the day from the opening price, ending at $20.74.

That may be up on the day, but still below yesterday’s close of $20.788.

As yesterday, no BDC moved up  or down 3.0% on the day, or even came close

Another very slow day where trading in BDCS is concerned



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