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Defensive Strategies For High Yield Bond ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 15th, 2017

Since early 2016, the trend in credit-sensitive securities has been predominantly higher as yield spreads compress and risk behavior leans on the bullish side. Income-focused investors have poured billions of dollars into exchange-traded funds that track these markets, led by the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) and SPDR High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (JNK).

More recently, HYG and JNK have exhibited several sharp down days despite the relative calm buoying the global equity markets.  This divergence has many bond investors worried about the future growth prospects of high yield debt and whether they should shield their gains from a potential correction in risk assets.

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Is A Dividend Cut On The Horizon For DBL?

Written by David Fabian, November 06th, 2017

One of the closed-end funds that seems to be a recurrent favorite on our watch list is the DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund (DBL), run by Jeffrey Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital.  This unique actively managed portfolio was the first of its kind to debut from DoubleLine back in 2012 and has developed a cult following among CEF investors.

DBL primarily invests in a mixed basket of mortgage backed securities, collateralized loan obligations and other asset backed securities.  The fund has just over $325 million in total assets with a relatively tame 16% leverage ratio to boost its net exposure.  It currently yields over 8% annually and income is paid monthly to shareholders.  Read more

How Safe Is Your High Yield ETF?

Written by David Fabian, October 18th, 2017

The strong outperformance of credit-related securities and progressive trend in interest rates has emboldened many investors to bulk up on high yield funds over the course of this bull market.  The minimal dividends from traditional CDs and high-quality Treasury bonds leaves little to be desired when compared to corporate or municipal debt yielding magnitudes of greater income.

The combination of high dividends, consistent capital appreciation, and relatively low volatility have made for an attractive opportunity for many income investors portfolios.

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3 Underrated Bond ETFs For Your Income Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, August 25th, 2017

I write a ton of words every week on the topic of building income portfolios using exchange-traded funds.  Some articles are purely an exercise in research and education, while others are directed towards real-world concepts that we are implementing for clients of our firm.

It’s through this process that I often dive into a new fund or sector and compare it to an established group of peers.  It’s also refreshing to see funds that I have reviewed favorably in the past live up to (or exceed) their lofty expectations.  Read more

3 High Yield International Bond ETFs

Written by David Fabian, August 22nd, 2017

The high yield credit markets have been a smooth ride for income investors throughout 2017. The combination of a steady global equity market uptrend, low volatility, and an abundant thirst for yield has been a tailwind for riskier fixed-income securities.

While many investors have been fixated on the risks and opportunities for owning U.S. corporate debt, the international markets have been steadfastly climbing to new heights. This trend has produced some impressive total return statistics for exchange-traded funds that track these assets.

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