The high yield bond market is bigger than the ASX

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Comprising 2,000 companies that include household names like Hertz, Netflix and KFC, the high-yield bond market at US$2.1 trillion is now bigger than the ASX. Vivek Bommi, Senior Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman, provides a snapshot of this market, and explains how it offers investors ‘good equity-like returns, with lower downside volatility’.

Key points:

  • The high yield market is around US$2.1 trillion in value, with around 2,000 companies with average revenue of US$6 billion.
  • Businesses typically have ‘easy-to-understand’ business models, and well-known brands such as Hertz and Avis are participants.
  • As these businesses pay a coupon, high yield typically outperforms equities during recessions.


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