July 31, 2018
Below investment grade corporate debt (“junk bonds”) can be an integral component of many portfolios’ composition and performance. They command a higher risk premium, as they are issued by companies that have uncertain financials, high debt levels, and/or poor earnings. As a result, their trading prices can be extremely volatile. The FOMC’s zero interest rate policy after the crisis has indirectly caused a reach for yield by investors, often at the expense of proper due diligence of a company’s financials and macroeconomic considerations. 2019 may be setting up to be a volatile year for junk bonds.