The Fallout of High Yield Bonds

Do you have high yield (junk) bonds in your portfolio? Speculators are currently piling into bearish bets against high-yield debt, propelling short interest on the three largest junk-bond ETFs to a record.

Speculators are betting that the potential fallout of higher rates (and higher borrowings costs) will include leaving a raft of cash-strapped companies that can’t earn enough to cover their debts. Despite this potential for higher defaults, the extra yield that investors demand to own junk-rated debt instead of treasuries remains near multi-year lows.

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