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Concerns over the frothy high-yield bond sector are rearing its head, with short interest on high-yield exchange traded funds hitting a new record in February.
Traders are bearish on high-yield corporate debt exchange traded funds (ETFs). Data confirm as much. For the week ended Feb. 27th, investors have yanked $171.3 million from the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield ...
If we turn back the clock to before the recession, we find that US debt levels weren’t this high, and unconventional programs like quantitative easing helped the economy recover from the Great Recession. The US Treasury must deal with higher interest rates and borrow more to keep the economy running, and this cycle could turn into a downward spiral unless revenues increase. The US Treasury is the king of the credit markets, and it’s followed by investment-grade (LQD)(VCSH) bonds and junk (JNK) bonds.
The recent market turmoil that shook investors’ confidence has settled for the time being, but the fear that another correction is around the corner could be unsettling. The reason for the market correction was the continued increase in bond (BND) yields, which resulted from rising inflation expectations. While everyone was focusing on market turmoil, investors may have missed out on the possibility of increased government debt, fueled by recent tax cuts and an expansive budget.
Demand to borrow ETFs that track junk bonds, a key metric determining short interest, has reached a value of $7 billion, its highest level ever recorded.
The catalyst was ongoing buying demand for bonds — especially high-yield “junk” issues — which is calming the nerves surrounding higher interest rates seen earlier this month. In his pre-released statement, he noted high asset price valuations, a firming of inflation pressures and ongoing labor market tightness as reasons to continue on the path of increasingly aggressive policy tightening. Treasury bonds strengthened, pushing down yields.
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