AB is significant in the bond market especially in managing high-yield bonds
Yesterday's washout on the equity market was thus not matched by a correction on the US high-yield market, and the Merrill Lynch US high-yield bond
index only gave back Tuesday's gains, closing just 0.12 per cent below the all-time high.
* High-Yield Bonds
: Only for Long-Term, Non-Squeamish Investors
Dubai -- High-yield bond
, or junk bond, issuance in the Europe Middle and Africa (EMEA) region hit $31 billion in the first quarter of 2015, slightly ahead of issuance volumes of $29 billion in the same quarter in 2014, Moody's Investors Service said.
Even more cautious investors might consider SPDR BarCap ST High Yield Bond ETF (SJNK), which invests in high-yield bonds
that mature in three years or so.
Annual returns on high-yield bonds
between 1994 and 2012 have been almost uniformly positive, ranging from the low single digits to a high of 61.2 percent (2009).
All other factors remaining the same, if market rates were to have risen by, say, 1%, investment-grade bond yields would have moved from 2% to 3-a 50% increase in yield-while high-yield bonds
would have moved from 6.3% to 7.3%, an increase in yield of just 16%.
Unlike actively managed ETFs, most high-yield bond
and senior loan index ETFs track passive benchmark indexes that allocate capital based on the market value of index constituents' out-standing debt.
His clients are mostly diversifying into high-yield bonds
, bank loans, emerging market debt and high-dividend equities.
FINRA's Investor Alert, "The Grass Isn't Always Greener--Chasing Return in a Challenging Investment Environment," was prompted by significant recent inflows into investments like high-yield bond
funds, floating-rate loan funds and structured retail products.
According to available figures, the percentage of high-yield bonds
trading at distressed levels has dropped to the lowest level since April.