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U.S. High Yield Credit Spreads vs. S&P 500 VIX

By Scott Ellis | May 10, 2018

Market pundits often report on the “VIX” or volatility index, but when markets are weaker, it seems to be discussed even more frequently. However, despite relatively strong markets over the… Read More

High Yield Retailers Send Distress Signal

By Greg Zappin | March 2, 2017

The high yield market continues to be a strong relative and absolute performer, up about 2.5% year-to-date (YTD) following a greater than 18% total return in 2016. Virtually all sectors have generated positive excess returns this year, except one: retail. The J.P. Morgan U.S. High Yield Index has tightened 28 basis points (bps), while the retail sub-index has widened 100 bps YTD. Often it pays to be a contrarian and add to sectors that are out of favor and have materially underperformed. However, the situation in retail is neither cyclical nor supply driven.

Strong Like Bull

By Greg Zappin | May 26, 2016

The high yield market has staged a remarkable comeback from its January and early February swoon and is now tracking for its best year since 2012. The question is: what is the durability of the rally and what could derail it?

Oil and High Yield Correlations Stay Strong

By Greg Zappin | March 31, 2016

Because of the high correlation with oil prices, it is increasingly difficult to have a call on the attractiveness of the high yield market without a call on oil.

High Yield Index Masks Significant Credit Dispersion

By Greg Zappin | November 26, 2015

The high yield market is tracking toward a low, single-digit negative total return for the year. This would only be the fifth time in the last 30 years that the high yield market has posted negative total returns.

Credit Minefield Leaves Few Safe Places to Hide

By Greg Zappin | October 1, 2015

During the first half of the year, investment grade credit spreads widened due to record new issue supply, while sector-specific pain was isolated in the energy and metals space. Up until July, it seemed like if you avoided anything related to China and commodities you were safe. There has been a big change in the market recently.

The Commodity Bloodbath Accelerates

By Greg Zappin | August 13, 2015

It has been a horrible few months for the commodity complex (oil, natural gas, met coal, thermal coal, copper, aluminum, steel, gold, etc.).

Leverage of Non-Financials and High Yield Maturity Wall

By Yiwei Tang | July 30, 2015

One of the myths often heard after the 2008 financial crisis is that corporation balance sheet are stronger than ever. This week’s chart shows the ratio of net debt to EBITDA for non-financial firms has grown to a 15-year high.

High-yield Bond Positioning as Liftoff Approaches

By Greg Zappin | July 9, 2015

While I expect the credit cycle to last into 2017, weaker credit quality is becoming evident. This week’s chart shows credit quality gradually deteriorating.

One Reason Why this High Yield Cycle is Different

By Greg Zappin | March 12, 2015

This week’s chart tracks the amount of leveraged buyout (LBO) activity over the last 15 years versus the aggregate dollar volume of merger and acquisitions (M&A).

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