Angel Bond

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Angel Bond

Informal; an investment-grade bond, which is a bond with a medium or high rating. Angel bonds are rated Baa3 by Moody's or BBB- by S&P or Fitch, or higher. Angel bonds are considered sufficiently low-risk that the law allows banks to invest in them. In addition to being low-risk, they provide a low return, greatly reducing the cost on the issuer. All Treasury and most municipal bonds are angel bonds.
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There are actually fewer fallen angel bonds at the end of 2012 than there were at the beginning, though price appreciation has led to a higher overall market capitalization for the sector.
The rating mix of the fallen angel bonds is notably stronger than the rest of the high yield universe.