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Category Archives: High Yield Debt

In The Shadows Of Black Monday – “Volatility Isn’t Broken… The Market Is”

Authored by Christopher Cole via Artemis Capital Management, Volatility and the Alchemy of Risk The Ouroboros, a Greek word meaning ‘tail devourer’, is the ancient symbol of a snake consuming its own body in perfect symmetry. The imagery of the Ouroboros evokes the infinite nature of creation from destruction. The sign appears across cultures and […]

Party Like Its July 2007: Corporate Bond Spreads Tumble To Ten Year Lows

The bond bubble is right back where it started. After a torrid three-week rally, high grade corporate bond spreads as measured by the BoA/ML Corporate Master Index OAS yesterday hit a fresh post-crisis tight level of 105bps, down from 105 bps on Tuesday and inside the low of 106bps from the summer of 2014. That’s […]

Bill Blain: How To Catch Rabies In The Junk Bond Market

From Bill Blain of Mint Partners Blain’s Morning Porridge – How to catch rabies in the Junk Bond Market I’m sure everyone has been following the Toy R Us meltdown in the bond market. Alongside chapter 11 bankruptcy, its bonds have crashed from 96 to 18% through the month. Have we seen this before? Of […]

Illinois Unpaid Vendor Backlog Hits A New Record At Over $16 Billion

Back in July, the state of Illinois narrowly avoided a junk bond rating with a last minute budget deal that included a 32% in hike in income taxes.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the budget and called it a “disaster,” but both houses of the state legislature voted to override his veto.  Meanwhile, S&P and […]

“The Dreaded Phase 4”: What Happens When Credit Spreads Finally Rise

With investors, traders, analysts and pundits focused on the chaos in the White House, and the daily barrage of escalating geopolitical and social news, whether terrorist attacks in Europe or clashes in inner America, the market is finally starting to notice as Friday’s last hour sell-off demonstrated. And yet, according to one of the best […]

UBS Explains Why The Next Credit Unwind Will Be Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before

Several weeks ago, Janet Yellen boldly declared “I don’t believe we will see another crisis in our lifetime.”  For the rest of us who live in reality there is little doubt that the latest Fed-fueled credit bubble will eventually burst in epic fashion and once again lay waste to the personal balance sheets of millions […]

Tesla Upsizes Junk Bond Offering After Excess Demand

There’s covenant-lite and then there’s “zero covenant” junk debt, and moments ago Tesla just sold $1.8 billion of the former, upsizing what was previously expected to be a $1.5 billion issue. The deeply junk “B3/B-” rated bond was priced at par to yield 5.25%, with Goldman – who famously slashed its Tesla price target to […]

An Insane Bond Market In 4 Charts: “Italian Junk Bonds Yield Less Than US Treasurys”

In our “WTF Chart of the day” from last Friday, we showed something stunning: European junk bonds yields were the same, and in some cases lower, than comparable-maturity 10Y US Treasurys. In other words, the distortion unleashed by Mario Draghi’s CSPP, or corporate bond buying program unveiled last March, has made European junk bonds “safer” […]

T.Rowe Price Issues A Warning For Investors, Cuts Stock Allocation To Lowest Since 2000

One day after DoubleLine chief Jeff Gundlach told Bloomberg TV that it is time for investors to head for the exits as his highest conviction trade is “volatility is about to go up”, and that he is reducing his positions in junk bonds, EM debt and other lower-quality investments on fears investor sentiment may roll […]

“It’s Better To Turn Cautious Too Soon…”

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, One of the greatest investors in the world is getting worried… Howard Marks is the billionaire founder of Oaktree Capital, one of the largest and most successful investment firms in the world. A few times each year Marks write up his thoughts about financial markets– he calls them ‘investment […]