Author Archives: Heather Rupp

Investment Options in Corporate Debt

Fixed income is an important component of a balanced portfolio.  The problem many investors and advisors face today is where do you find yield in this environment and what happens to your fixed income exposures should rates rise?  Where can …

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Managing Volatility

As we have talked with advisors and investors over the past couple years, we often hear the topics of yield and volatility mentioned.  Investors are looking for yield and income generation, especially in the persistently low yield environment we’ve seen …

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High Yield Bonds for Income and Total Return Potential

Asset allocation is a delicate balance for any investor, but it has been complicated by certain factors within the current financial environment, including high equity valuations, the potential for higher interest rates, and the need for some yield in a …

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High Yield Market: Upcoming Maturities

One thing we look at as a high yield bond investor is the amount of upcoming maturities, as it can be important as we think about both defaults and the supply of new bonds.  Below are the amount of upcoming …

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The Year of Active Management

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch US High Yield Index currently carries a weighted average yield to worst of 5.9%, a yield to maturity of 6.3%, a spread to worst of 423 bps, an average coupon of 6.5%, and average …

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The High Yield Bond Market: 2016 Review, 2017 Outlook

We entered 2016 coming off a tough year for the high yield market.  The free fall in energy and other commodity prices over the course of 2015 not only caused a collapse in bonds in the energy and commodity sectors, …

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High Yield Default Rate: 2016 Review and 2017 Outlook

In early 2016, oil was heading into the $20s and market prognosticators were expecting that we’d see a huge spike in energy and commodity related defaults in 2016 and that would continue into 2017.  The projection was for a 6% …

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The Floating Rate Loan Market: More to Consider

For those concerned about interest rates rising, turning to the floating rate loan market may seem like it could be a great alternative.  Over the past few weeks, as we have seen the expectation for higher rates firmly take hold …

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The Election Impact on High Yield: Rates and Regulation, Regulatory Changes

Post November’s election, we see regulation as an area of potential impact on the high yield market—or more precisely the potential repeal of regulation.   The potential repeal of Obama Care is the headline that is getting the most attention.  We …

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The Election Impact on High Yield: Rates and Regulation, High Yield in a Rising Rate Environment

While the market seems to be jumping to the conclusion that infrastructure and other government spending and the benefit of lower taxes will drive growth and inflation, taking interest rates higher, we aren’t a believer that we will see dramatic …

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