High-Yield Bonds Are Turning Out to Be the Real Winners
High-yield bonds gained popularity due to higher yields compared to Treasury bonds, whose yields were being pushed down by the Fed’s interest rate policy.
The demand for US investment-grade corporate bonds was driven by higher yields generated by bonds in the midst of low interest rates.
IGEM gives you good exposure to investment-grade emerging market bonds. They’re less risky and add diversification benefits to your portfolio.
Emerging market economies have seen improved GDP growth in 2016, while developed markets are struggling to grow.
Although the markets have surged to record highs in the last two months, there are early warning signs you should watch. The recent decline came on Friday, September 9.
The relationship between the CBOE Volatility Index (or VIX) and the spread between high-yield bonds over ten-year Treasuries is highly correlated.
Looking closely at mutual fund and ETF flow data can provide some insight into how investors have approached the asset class this year.
The correlation between oil and high-yield bond indexes is very high. Where oil goes, high-yield bonds follow.
The three-month Volatility Index (or VIX), which measures the implied volatility of options on the S&P 500 stock market index, is approaching record lows.
The surge of inflows into junk bonds indicates that the fear of recession in the US economy has faded, which has boosted investor confidence.
Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (or CFNAI) rose to +0.27 in July from +0.05 in June.
Yields on high-yield debt (HYG) (JNK) and spreads between high-yield debt and Treasuries both fell over the last year.
The global hunt for returns has turned US junk bonds into an attractive investment option.
It’s useful to analyze the historical returns of credit rating categories within emerging markets bonds.
There are several risks to investing in emerging market bonds right now. Emerging countries have been on a debt binge of sorts for the past five years.
Emerging market bonds have been doing extremely well over the past couple of months. EM debt funds have been in the green for seven consecutive weeks.
In this series, we’ll see why emerging market bonds are looking attractive, how the Market has gained position this year, and the risks emerging market bond investors face.
Investors may also want to consider a small allocation to BB rated emerging markets countries.
But emerging markets represent a diverse group of countries, and individually they carry varying levels of risk.
As with any investment in the emerging markets, investors must balance the additional yield which can be achieved with emerging markets bonds with incremental risks.