This has not been a vintage year for total returns in the European High Yield market: wider spreads have led to small capital losses, barely offset by a relatively low income of 3.2%, which has resulted in an anaemic total return of 0.22% year to date. Unexciting and dull? Yes, but only if one looks at the surface. The underlying trends are far more interesting – and relevant for investors.
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It is fair to say that markets have become more lively of late. One sector in particular has been the epicentre of revived market volatility – Technology.
In the US high yield market, the US tech sector has weakened relative to the broader US high yield market. Given higher leveraged balance sheets, high yield bonds tend to be more sensitive to sector specific headwinds.
The chart below shows t… Read the article
Let’s be honest, 2017 won’t go down in history as the most exciting year for investment grade (IG) credit markets. IG credit spreads have moved more or less in one direction only: lower and lower. Still, there are valuable lessons to be learnt. Here are our key takeaways.
Positive mood swing in Europe drove EUR IG outperformance vs USD IG.
Back in early 2017 the logic was as follows: After the… Read the article
- The Fed Chair choice should be obvious for Trump. Yellen all the way. I don’t understand why he would choose Taylor.
President Trump is likely to announce his choice for the next Fed Chair by the end of this month. Whilst current Chair Janet Yellen is still in the running, she has been slipping down the betting over the past few weeks. There are three good reasons why (from his perspectiv… Read the article
Guest contributor – Chris Mansfield (Investment Graduate, M&G)
The sustained demand for high yield bonds and European leveraged loans over the past few years, combined with improving corporate fundamentals, has led to strong performance from both asset classes. The large amount of capital available for issuers of higher yielding assets has placed the bargaining power squarely in the hands of th… Read the article
Heated debates about proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare, generic pharmaceuticals feeling the pain of pressures on drug prices and lingering event risk around potential mergers and acquisitions – there are many reasons to take a closer look at the US healthcare sector right now. On my recent research trip to Chicago I discussed these and other topics with Laura Reepmeyer, Managing Directo… Watch the video
A couple of weeks ago, state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) shocked its bondholders by announcing a surprise restructuring. The bank’s capital ratio turned negative at year-end 2016 due to large currency losses as a result of the depreciation of local-currency Manat (AZN). The International Bank of Azerbaijan bonds (IBAZAZ) 5.625% 2019 bonds were trading above par and dropped by 1… Read the article
Last week, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced the results of the latest $20 billion, 600Mhz spectrum auction. Communication companies were bidding for spectrum over which they provide wireless services to their customers. The largest bids came from wireless mobile operator, T-Mobile USA, which spent $8 billion, and U.S. satellite TV provider DISH Network, which spent $6…. Read the article
Corporate bond fund managers Stefan Isaacs and Richard Woolnough have just come back from New York, where they spent a couple of days meeting economists and bond market strategists. While they were there, they took the opportunity to film a short video. In it, Stefan and Richard discuss the US bond market, central bank intervention, and the lack of consensus on the outlook for corporate bonds.
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When the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meets next week, the market expects that they will cut rates, especially now that even outgoing hawk, Martin Weale (who has been at the Bank for 71 meetings so far, and voted to hike 12 times, and to hold 59 times) says that he will support a reduction. A resumption of the Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme is also a possibility (many economis… Read the article