How to strike the right balance in high yield bonds
Strong 2016 performance and a sharp rally in credit spreads have prompted some investors to take a cautious view of high yield bonds.
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Strong 2016 performance and a sharp rally in credit spreads have prompted some investors to take a cautious view of high yield bonds. However, we believe this asset class remains attractive as part of a fixed income allocation, particularly as the US Federal Reserve looks to raise interest rates. The key is to approach the asset class thoughtfully.
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In most credit cycles, the market hits a point when credit rating downgrades far exceed upgrades. This ratings migration process can significantly impact the valuations of securities, particularly when credits are downgraded from a rating of investment grade to high yield.