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  • by Michael McKerr, Strategist, Institutional Trading Education, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Turbulent skies ahead for junk bonds

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.

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  • by Michael McKerr, Strategist, Institutional Trading Education, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Is King Dollar’s crown losing its luster?

Over the last two years, we have seen major changes in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, unanticipated developments in U.S. fiscal policy reform and infrastructure plans, steady rises in U.S. Treasury yields, and tumultuous global geopolitical events. Yet these have largely been unable to sustain the 2013–2015 bull market in the U.S. dollar, which started after Ben Bernanke’s speech induced the infamous “taper tantrum.” In addition to the recent—and puzzling—inverse relationship between the  dollar and various fundamental factors, long-term charts suggest the dollar may be at risk of a notable decline as we approach 2019 and 2020.

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