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    Fund Managers

    August 2015’s Top High-Grade Bond Issuers

    US corporates were the highest issuers of high-grade bonds in August 2015, making up 35.4% of all issues. Yankee bond issuers came in second.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Grade Bond Yields and Spreads Touched Lows Last Week

    Last week, investment-grade bond yields fell due to soft economic data. They touched 3.1% on April 15, 2016, the lowest level since June 1, 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Price Movement in the VBMFX and the LQD
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell on Soft Economic Data

    Investment-grade bond yields fell in the week ended April 15, 2016, after the release of soft economic data.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why High-Grade Bond Yields and Spreads Fell in 1Q16

    According to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch US Corporate Master Effective Yield, in January 2016, high-grade bond yields averaged 3.6%.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Movement in VBMFX and LQD
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell on the Fed’s Dovish Outlook

    Investment-grade bond yields fell in the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Fed chair Janet Yellen released a dovish statement on the interest rate hike.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Grade Bond Yields and Spreads Kept Sliding at End of March

    High-grade bond yields fell sharply by 13 basis points and ended at 3.2% on April 1, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Price Movement in the VBMFX and the LQD
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell despite Solid Economic Data

    Investment-grade bond yields fell in the week ended April 1 after a dovish outlook from the Federal Reserve despite a solid US jobs report and expansion in the manufacturing sector.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Grade Bond Yields and Spreads Fall as US Economy Improves

    Last week, investment-grade bond yields fell sharply after Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, released a relatively dovish statement.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields and Spreads Fell

    Last week, investment-grade corporate bond yields fell and ended at 3.6% on February 26, 2016. That was 1 basis point lower than the previous week.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Should You Stay Invested in Investment-Grade Bond Mutual Funds?

    Several investment-grade bond mutual funds retain the flexibility of assigning assets to Treasuries and high-grade corporate bonds as they see fit.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Are Fluctuating

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated BBB- and above by rating major Standard & Poor’s.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did Investment-Grade Bond Yields React to Yellen’s Comments?

    Investment-grade bond yields rose for the week ended February 12 after Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, hinted that there could be a delay in the next rate hike.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Movement of Investment Grade Bonds Yield and Spreads
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Happened to Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Spreads in the Week Ending February 5

    Yields have seen ups and downs due to the Greek economic crisis, uncertain global growth, rising uncertainty in China, and the Fed’s interest rate hike.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who Is Jeffrey Gundlach and Why Is He Buying Corporate Debt?

    Jeffrey Gundlach, fund manager of the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, said in a conference that the dollar would fall in 2016, but the euro may rise.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Spreads Touch New Highs in 2016

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated “BBB-” and above by rating major S&P. Treasuries are also considered investment-grade.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Spreads Reach New Heights in 2016

    Last week, the spread between investment-grade bond and Treasury yields rose, reaching a new high of 1.98% on January 20—its highest since July 27, 2012.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Rise after the Rebound in Oil Prices

    Investment-grade bond yields rose in the week ending January 22 after oil prices rebounded above $30 per barrel, which resulted in a stock market rally.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Spreads Touched New Highs in 2016

    In 2015, spreads fell until the end of April, but they rose in subsequent months. In 2015, spreads ranged from 1.29%–1.80%.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Rose Slightly amid Falling Oil Prices

    Investment-grade bond yields rose marginally in the week ended January 14, 2016, after oil prices touched new lows. Oil from Iran will hit the market soon, and Arab exporters are not ready to cut the supply of oil.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields and Spreads Hit New Highs in 2015

    According to the BofA Merrill Lynch US Corporate Master Effective Yield, bond yields hovered in the range of 2.84%–3.70% in 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Fall?

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated BBB- and above by rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields and Spreads

    According to the BofA Merrill Lynch US Corporate Master Effective Yield, investment-grade corporate bond yields fell from January to mid-April 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Movement of Investment Grade Bond Yields in Nov
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Macroeconomic Factors Affecting Investment-Grade Bond Yields

    Investment-grade bond yields rose 8 basis points month-over-month and ended at 3.5% on November 30 due to high expectations of an interest rate hike in the December policy meeting.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bonds Yields and Spreads through November
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Rose, Spreads Fell

    Investment-grade corporate bond yields rose month-over-month from 3.4% on October 30 to 3.5% on November 30.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Look for Policy Action

    VBMFX invests in investment-grade corporate bonds of companies such as Apple (AAPL), Verizon Communications (VZ), Goldman Sachs Group (GS), Cisco Systems (CSCO), and Home Depot (HD).

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Watch for Policy Action

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated BBB- and above by rating major Standard & Poor’s. Treasuries are considered “investment-grade.”

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yield Reached a New High in 2015

    On November 9, the investment-grade corporate bond yield reached 3.6%—its highest level in 2015 so far.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Rose on Hawkish Fed Comments

    Investment-grade bond yields rose in the week ending November 13 after Federal Reserve officials commented on the possibility of a rate hike in December.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields until October
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Macroeconomic Factors Impacted Investment-Grade Bond Yields

    Investment-grade bond yields fell by three basis points month-over-month and ended at 3.4% on October 30 due to the global economic slowdown.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Spread Between  and  Year Note Yields
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can a Rate Hike in December Invert the Treasuries Yield Curve?

    Although an inverted yield curve generally heralds a recession, this may not always be the case. The law of supply and demand can also be responsible for an inverted yield curve.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Rose at the End of October

    In 2015, spreads fell until the end of April, but they rose in the following months. Until October 30, the spreads were 1.3%–1.8%.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Rose: Possible Rate Hike in December

    Investment-grade bond yields rose in the week ending October 30. At the FOMC meeting, there was a hawkish tone on the rate hike in December.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Are Falling

    So far in the month of October, investment-grade corporate bond yields have been falling due to low expectations of a rate-hike this year and growing global uncertainty.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv VBMFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China Cuts Interest Rate, Investment-Grade Bond Yields Unchanged

    Investment-grade bond yields remained muted in the week ended October 23, 2015, as China further eased its monetary policy by cutting its benchmark one-year lending rate for the fifth time in 2015.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Fund Managers

    Investment-grade corporate bonds yields Falling in October

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated BBB- and above by rating major Standard & Poor’s. Treasuries are also considered investment-grade.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv VBMFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell with Production in September

    Advance retail sales data was released on October 14. After this, investment-grade bond yields fell as retail sales rose modestly by 0.1% in September.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for WE October
    Fund Managers

    EDF SA Issued ~$4.8 Billion in High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    EDF SA is based in France. It produces, markets, and distributes electricity. EDF SA issued A1/A rated high-grade bonds worth ~$4.8 billion in five parts.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Fell Last Week

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments that Standard & Poor’s rates as BBB- and above.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv VBMFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell on Weak US Jobs Data

    Investment-grade bond yields fell week-over-week after a disappointing US jobs report. Non-farm payrolls in the US rose by a less-than-expected 142,000 in September.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv VBMFX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Rise after Fed Comment on Rate Hike

    Investment-grade bond yields rose week-over-week after comments made by Janet Yellen, the Fed chief, on the possibility of an interest rate hike later this year.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Rise as September Ends

    Investment-grade corporate bond yields had risen to as high as 3.52% on September 16. This was not only the highest level in 2015 year-to-date, but also the highest level since September 18, 2013.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Historical Spread Between  and  Year Notes
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do Yield Spreads between 2-Year and 10-Year Notes Indicate?

    While a section of the market is readying itself for a rate hike in the upcoming meeting of the FOMC, there are others who don’t believe that a rate hike would be implemented and instead, are focused on falling inflation.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Hit Highest Level of 2015

    Yields on investment-grade corporate bonds fell to a low of 2.84% in mid-April. But June broke the low-level trend, and yields have been rising since then.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Fall from Elevated Levels

    The first four months of 2015 have seen yields on investment-grade corporate bonds falling. There’s been a safe-haven demand for these bonds due to the higher yield they’re providing.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Yields in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Yields Hit another 2015 High

    Investment-grade corporate bonds are debt instruments rated BBB- and above by rating major Standard & Poor’s.

    By Lynn Noah
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