Bank Loans vs. High Yield: Is One Safer Than the Other?

June 03, 2020

Year-to-date, bank loans and high yield bonds have been subject to a variety of market forces similar between the two sectors, but others have impacted each uniquely. While we typically recommend that clients allocate to both sub-investment grade credit asset classes on an equal-weighted basis in order to benefit from each of their strengths as well as the diversification, it is very sound and well-grounded for investors to ask — especially in light of this unprecedented crisis in which we find ourselves — what the unique advantages and disadvantages are from each. Certain investor situations may necessitate maintaining an overweight to one or the other or holding only one.

In this newsletter, we perform a deep dive into the nuances of the performance, technical factors, fundamentals, and valuations between bank loans and high yield in order to make these distinctions. In summary, we determine the merits of a modest overweight of high yield versus bank loans given the current environment due especially to two dynamics — the Fed’s unprecedented purchasing of high yield bonds and weakened bank loan demand as a direct result of weak CLO demand — explored in more detail in the following pages.

Read > Bank Loans vs. High Yield: Is One Safer Than the Other?

 

The opinions expressed herein are those of Marquette Associates, Inc. (“Marquette”), and are subject to change without notice. This material is not financial advice or an offer to purchase or sell any product. Marquette reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs.

The opinions expressed herein are those of Marquette Associates, Inc. (“Marquette”), and are subject to change without notice. This material is not financial advice or an offer to purchase or sell any product. Marquette reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs.

Related Content

05.14.2024

The “Fix” Is In!

The strength of the U.S. economy over the last several quarters has surprised many investors, as consensus expectations from the…

04.26.2024

1Q 2024 Market Insights Video

This video is a recording of a live webinar held April 25 by Marquette’s research team analyzing the…

04.25.2024

Mind the Gap

Any ride on the London Tube reminds riders to mind the gap: Beware the space between train car and platform…

04.16.2024

The Banks’ Real Estate Problem

First quarter earnings season is getting started, with the largest banks reporting first. In the wake of last year’s regional…

04.11.2024

First to Cut: The Fed or the ECB?

Based on implied probabilities derived from options markets, investors are currently forecasting an 82% chance that the European Central Bank…

04.01.2024

Sweet and High Up

Chocolate eggs and bunnies may have appeared more expensive to shoppers this Easter weekend, as the price of cocoa futures…

More articles

Subscribe to Research Email Alerts

Research Email Alert Subscription

Research alerts keep you updated on our latest research publications. Simply enter your contact information, choose the research alerts you would like to receive and click Subscribe. Alerts will be sent as research is published.

We respect your privacy. We will never share or sell your information.

Thank You

We appreciate your interest in Marquette Associates.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact us directly and we will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.

Contact Us >