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Why High-Yield Bonds Are Needed in a Portfolio
AB Summing It Up High-yield bonds present an alternative for investors at an uncertain crossroads. Equity valuations seem attractive based on some measures, but volatility has led many investors to search for ways to temper the risk in their portfolios. At the same time, bonds—a popular risk reducer—are less attractive than normal due to extremely […]
Rapid Growth in Global High-Yield Market
AB Is This a Global Story? In our view, designing a high-yield allocation today should involve a global perspective. Our analysis focuses on US high-yield bonds, in large part because this market provides a lengthier historical data set than other high-yield markets do. But the global market for high-yield bonds continues to expand and evolve: […]
High Yield Bonds: Are Rising Rates a Risk?
AB Are Rising Rates a Risk? Investors thinking about introducing high-yield bonds into an asset allocation might ask if it’s the right time to invest in them. With interest rates at historic lows, won’t there be substantial risk to high-yield bonds when rates begin to rise again? It’s a fair question, and there are risks […]
What Role Do High Yield Bonds Play in a Portfolio?
AB High Yield in the Portfolio Framework Given their higher risk levels, we’d expect that stocks would continue to outperform high yield over the long run. However, high-yield bonds have clearly demonstrated that they bring much to the table if they’re combined with stocks in a carefully designed and maintained portfolio. But not every investor […]
How Portfolio Rebalancing Boosts Overall Returns
AB Rebalancing in the Tails Because stocks have been so much more volatile than high yield, periodic portfolio rebalancing tends to occur during performance extremes—the “tails” in return distributions—when the gap between high-yield and equity returns is wide. This magnifies the “buy-low, sell-high” effect that rebalancing contributes to a portfolio’s performance. Of course, the gaps […]
How High-Yield Bonds Can Help Reduce Risk
AB A Place at the Asset-Allocation Table For investors seeking to control volatility in their equity portfolios while still maintaining return potential, high-yield bonds could represent an effective solution. A typical approach to moderating equity volatility is to reallocate assets to the greater stability of investment-grade bonds, or even cash. But this can exact a […]
Why High Yield Bonds Are an Effective Match with Equities
AB Keeping Pace with Equity Returns over Time In fact, when we widen the lens to take in the last three decades, high-yield bonds have nearly matched equity performance. And they’ve done it with much lower volatility. Since July 1983, stocks have produced an annualized return of 10.9% (Display 1). High-yield bonds have nearly equaled […]
How High-Yield Bonds Are Connected to Other Asset Classes
AB Looks Are Deceiving But even though high-yield bonds look like other bonds, they don’t necessarily act like other bonds. This insight can have important implications for how investors consider them in an overall portfolio context. High-yield performance patterns, for example, don’t track those of other fixed-income sectors very closely over the long term. Looking […]
Why High Yield Bonds Are Attractive
In this series, we’ll discuss the many advantages of high yield bonds, their correlation with other asset classes, the rise of global high yield markets, and why high yield bonds should command a place in a portfolio.