Does a Junk Bond Bear Market Loom?

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Does a Junk Bond Bear Market Loom?

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Some are very worried a junk bond bear market might be on its way. Not only are rates and yields rising fast, but there has been a huge run up in high yield prices over the years, with a simultaneous surge in bottom rung BBB bonds. However, despite this scary back drop, the market has been doing well and looks set to continue to do so. "The key dynamic in the high-yield market is recession … There's a possibility of some economic shock that isn't apparent right now, but you don't have the classic signs pointing to recession", says one CIO. High yield's spread to Treasuries recently touched its lowest point since the Crisis, and in a twist, the lowest rated bonds ( CCC ) are performing the best this year.

FINSUM : This is quite confounding in many ways, especially considering there have been significant outflows from junk bond funds and investors can get good returns from investment grade.

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This article appears in: Investing , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: CCC

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