By Anthony Tanner, CFA
SWP Guest Contributor
We see great potential opportunities in the high-yield corporate bond sector for the following reasons:
- High-yield bonds provide much higher income in the short-term, and greater potential total returns long-term, derived from the more reliable stream of income rather than uncertain and volatile market appreciation/ capital gains.
- They’ve cheapened along with the equity markets, and now offers attractive high single digit return prospects.
- The downside risks of the sector have lessened as the present “yield spread” has grown to almost 300 basis points above historical long term averages, which reduces both potential volatility and the likelihood of negative total returns going forward.
The yield spread in this sector (the additional yield offered over high-quality US Treasury bonds) has doubled since reaching the last cyclical low in 2014. As a result, the average amount of extra yield has risen from around 400 basis points to over 800 basis points! This is well above the long run average of about 530 basis points.
This spread widening has created great value in the sector for two reasons. First, market yields at are now at levels that provide very attractive, inflation adjusted income. The sector can provide yields in excess of 6%, which compare favorably to both taxable and tax-exempt yields.
As of this writing, US Treasury yields and investment grade municipal bond yields have actually declined in the past 30 days:
Second, high yield bond prices have cheapened substantially, reducing downside risks and increasing the long term total return potential of the sector.
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