Yukyung started her career as a macro strategist at a pan-Asia hedge fund. She has an M.S. in Statistics from Columbia University.
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More than 20% of the European Union's population is at least 65 years of age. Partly because of an unprecedented aging of the EU's slowly growing population, the average annual rate of economic growth for the EU has slowed from the 2.7% of 2004-2007 to the projected 1.2% of 2019-2020.
U.S. business activity has not been exceeding its reach, and that will help extend the long-lived bull market and record-long economic recovery.
The market value of U.S. common stock has been setting new record highs. However, U.S. corporate credit spreads for both bonds and loans have yet to approach their lows of the current business cycle upturn, never mind their existing record lows.
The dreaded inverted yield curve is gone, but perhaps not for long. Following October 30's paring of the federal funds rate's midpoint to 1.625%, the fed funds rate is less than the recent 1.68% 10-year Treasury yield for the first time since May 2019.
The credit rating revisions of loan-only high-yield issuers reveal a higher frequency of rating downgrades compared to issuers with outstanding high-yield bonds.
There is no one way of statistically explaining the bond yield spreads of high-yield corporate bonds. However, one of the better approaches employs a multi-variable regression model and generates a highly significant adjusted r-square statistic of 0.89.