Corporate bonds

VCLT: Long-term corporate bonds offer the worst of both worlds (NASDAQ: VCLT)

A preponderance of data suggests the economy is headed for one of two outcomes; Either economic growth will slow down and turn into a recession, or it will come back and fan the small but growing fire of inflation. With extremely low corporate bond spreads, the first outcome would likely cause spreads to widen significantly […]

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These corporate bonds were supposed to turn into junk. They are thriving instead.

It was a popular narrative in capital markets in 2018. The swarm of corporate bonds with the lowest investment grade was believed to be on the verge of a descent to the high-yield level – the term polite for junk – as soon as the inevitable economic downturn hit. In this case, these former members […]

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Deere sells 30-year corporate bonds at record yields

Deere DE 0.74% & Co. on Tuesday sold 30-year bonds at a record yield for U.S. corporate debt of that maturity, taking advantage of falling U.S. Treasury yields to lock in favorable interest rates. On a busy day for corporate bond issuance, Deere sold 30-year bonds at an initial yield of 2.877%. This broke the […]

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Investing: the growing risk of corporate bonds

Hungry and desperate bond bears, hungry for what they see as a long-awaited feast and exasperated by another rally in long-term Treasuries, have recently sniffed out an unknown target: US corporate bonds. Bond yield charts confirm a dismal year for high quality corporate debt. The market slice rated BBB by Standard & Poor’s tracked junk, […]

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Why corporate bonds are risky with higher interest rates | Obligations

Bond buyers are urged to stay at the shallow end of the yield curve to avoid unnecessary duration risk in a low interest rate environment. The credit quality of these investments is less discussed. When interest rates are close to zero, companies and other entities go into debt. The difference in yield between higher quality […]

Corporate bonds

The growing risk of corporate bonds

Hungry and desperate bond bears, hungry for what they see as a long-awaited feast and exasperated by another rally in long-term Treasuries, have recently sniffed out an unknown target: US corporate bonds. Bond yield charts confirm a dismal year for high quality corporate debt. The slice of the market rated BBB by Standard & Poor’s, […]

Corporate bonds

How it got riskier to own high-quality corporate bonds

“It’s actually quite smart that they issued a lot of long-term debt at very low interest rates,” Pierson said. “I’m not saying they’re completely immune to rising interest rates, but it’s been good financial management.” The other notable change in investment grade corporate bonds is a deterioration in overall quality. In 2007, 27% of the […]

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Why You Should Be Optimistic About Corporate Bonds | Obligations

The $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is expected to bolster corporate earnings, making corporate bonds attractive additions to a balanced portfolio, but there just so happens to be some d other reasons to be optimistic – and cautious – about these investments. Lower corporate tax rates immediately increase cash flow, which […]

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Simple Math Terms for Fixed Coupon Corporate Bonds

Bonds, in general, are simply debt instruments that allow companies, or the government, to finance their capital needs by finding investors who agree to lend them an amount in exchange for interest for a period, before repaying the principal amount of the loan in full. . There are specific rates and periods that the bond […]

Corporate bonds

Yellen says Fed purchases of stocks and corporate bonds could help in downturn

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers semiannual testimony on ‘The Federal Reserve’s Oversight and Regulation of the Financial System’ before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve may be able to help the U.S. economy during a future downturn if it can buy […]