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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 Clint Cowles, CMT

Breadth-taking views of the market’s health

Technical analysis offers a wide range of options to analyze the strength of a market trend. Many use price action and indicators, but when it comes to analyzing the strength of an index, it is helpful to look at the breadth underlying that index. This will help analyze how the stocks within the index are performing. It is particularly valuable at a potential market top, since many of the smaller companies in an index may start struggling before the larger companies. However, since the larger companies hold more weight in the index, its price can still show an uptrend.

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  • by Clint Cowles, CMT

What’s happening in stocks? Let’s ask volatility.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) lately and how volatility is back in the stock market for 2018. That’s true to an extent, but is there enough fear in this market to tip the scales and bring back the bear? Let’s look at how its played out in the past.

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