Investors Are Ramping Up Bets Against Bonds in the ETF Market

The all-around bullishness in fixed income ETFs may be coming to an end. With traders newly shorting $544 million worth of LQD, the ETF dipped 1.2% over the past month after gaining 19% since March 23rd. KatherineGreifeld states in an article published by Bloomberg: “Short sellers may be thinking that the yield curve has bottomed out…

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Buy-side issues framework to standardise bond issuance

The Credit Roundtable, a buy-side lobby group for bondholder protection has issued an ‘Investment Grade Primary Best Practices Framework’ designed to improve bond issuance. The measures are meant to standardize a process that has been historically fraught with inefficiency and unnecessary costs to investment managers. This is an issue Overbond is very familiar; check in…

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Bond Trade Loved by Wall Street Nears Another $100 Billion

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pandemic may help bring the staid corporate bond market into the 21st century and give its traders the speed and efficiency that’s routine among stock dealers. Larger portfolio trades routinely have more than 500+ bonds with varying liquidity profiles. Use Overbond’s custom basket creation feature to…

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The Fed’s $250 Billion Debt-Buying “Index” Loophole

Last week, the Fed announced a third category in their SMCCF program: “Eligible Broad Market Index Bonds”. This new category allows the Fed to immediately begin buying individual corporate bonds in much larger volume than previously anticipated. Thanks to #Dan Krieter for shedding some light on this development. With this door now opened, the question…

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How Fed bond buying is impacting markets

The Fed’s SMCCF buying program has two effects on the markets and trading. Firstly, its very existence creates confidence that the central bank will buoy up the corporate debt market to counter the impact of COVID-19. Secondly, it actively creates directional investment in the market which generates real liquidity. As the program is set to…

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When It Comes To Fixed Income, Time Is On Your Side.

With a higher-running yield, spreads now have to widen more and faster for price losses to overcome the large yield advantage that comes from holding credit. Source: Seeking Alpha As a professional bond manager glued to a screen watching prices every day, it’s hard to fathom that just a few weeks ago when March began…

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Quality of corporate debt falls as bond stocks hit all-time high – OECD

The OECD warns of lower overall credit quality in the current stock of outstanding corporate bonds, with higher payback requirements, longer maturities and inferior covenant protection compared to other credit cycles. Source: Nasdaq PARIS, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The build-up of corporate bonds has hit unprecedented levels since the 2008 financial crisis and created a…

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Hunt For Yield Boosts Corporate Bond Sales and Prices

Investment-grade corporate bond issuance has reached $140 billion this month, the second strongest January in the past decade behind 2017. Source: The Wall Street Journal Corporate bond prices pushed higher Friday, extending a rally that has spurred a wave of issuance by companies of all kinds. New bond sales by U.S. high-yield and investment-grade companies…

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