Market Sector Update
- Lower-quality credits continue to perform better than higher quality. Credits rated B and CCC generally outperformed the index while BB credits underperformed. However, this gap amongst ratings was much less pronounced than what we saw in 2013.
- After ending 2013 with a yield above 3%, Treasury prices rallied in the first quarter, pushing yields lower.
- Default rates continue to remain low.
- Issuance is behind last year and it is expected that issuance this year may be down 20% to 25% from 2013.
- We have a bias toward companies that would benefit – but are not reliant on – an improving economy. These companies do not need a lot of topline growth and should continue to perform in a slow economy.
- We seek good risk/reward characteristics when making investment decisions, particularly related to companies that we believe the market does not understand or which generate outsized yield related to their price.
- We believe we are at a pause in major upswings in the Treasury. However, long-term we still believe the bias is in higher rates.
- We continue to play in the lower quality bond space as we continue to prefer credit risk over the yield risk higher-quality credits may encounter related to rising Treasury yields.
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