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December 2018

Our subject matter experts discuss the use of credit risk measures in evaluating firms to determine tendencies in performance in comparison to their peers in the S&P 500 universe.

In early October, equity markets suffered their second major correction this year and their worst fall in more than eight months. Rising yields in particular increase the potential for equity volatility.

Our subject matter experts demonstrate that firms with high credit quality risk and high default risk tend to underperform their peers in the S&P 500 universe on average, especially seen in the tech sector over the last two years. Our experts also show how CreditEdge factor-based strategies have tended to succeed in particular during flattening yield curve environments, with the performance of the low credit quality risk strategy tending to be more insulated to interest rate risk on average.

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Weekly Market Outlook: Baa-Grade Credits Dominate U.S. Investment-Grade Rating Revisions

In 2018's final quarter, the 22 downgrades of U.S. investment-grade companies included nine that were at least partly ascribed to mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and three that were linked to equity buybacks. Only half, or 11, of fourth-quarter 2018's U.S. investment-grade downgrades were primarily driven by worsened operating or market fundamentals.

January 2019 Pdf John Lonski, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Mark Zandi, Ryan Sweet, Michael Ferlez
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Weekly Market Outlook: Upper-Tier Ba Rating Comprises Nearly Half of Outstanding High-Yield Bonds

The outstanding high-yield corporate bonds of U.S.-domiciled issuers fell from a year earlier for an eighth consecutive quarter in 2018's final three months. Fourth-quarter 2018's 4.6% year-over-year drop lowered the outstandings of U.S. corporate high-yield bonds to $1.221 trillion, which was 9.1% under fourth-quarter 2016's current zenith of $1.344 trillion.

January 2019 Pdf John Lonski, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Ryan Sweet, Michael Ferlez
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Weekly Market Outlook: Stabilization of Equities and Corporates Requires Treasury Bond Rally

The world is now incapable of shouldering a 10-year Treasury yield above 3%. A remedial decline by the U.S.' benchmark interest rates will be critical to rejuvenating global business activity and stabilizing financial markets. Otherwise, the corporate earnings outlook might deteriorate by enough to sink the market value of U.S. common stock by another 20% and swell the now 552 basis point high yield bond spread to 800 bp.

January 2019 Pdf John Lonski, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Veasna Kong, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Ryan Sweet, Michael Ferlez
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Weekly Market Outlook: Medium-Grade's Worry Differs from High-Yield's Complacency

The investment-grade bond market appears more anxious about the future than the high-yield bond market. A now well above-trend Baa industrial company bond yield spread warns of a wider high-yield bond spread. To the contrary, a trend-like high-yield spread favors a thinner Baa spread. In all likelihood, if the still positive outlook for profits holds, the high-yield bond spread will prove to be more prescient than the now swollen Baa spread.

December 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Veasna Kong, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Kristopher Cramer, Ryan Sweet, Michael Ferlez
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Slower Growth amid High Leverage Lessens Upside for Interest Rates

Both the sell-off of equities and the very limited and slight inversion of the Treasury yield curve at the three- and five-year maturities hint of a possible pause for the latest series of Fed rate hikes. Since September 26's last hiking of fed funds to 2.125%, the 10-year Treasury yield has dropped from 3.05% to a recent 2.87%, and the five-year Treasury yield has sunk from 2.95% to 2.74%.

December 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Ryan Sweet, Katrina Ell, Yukyung Choi, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Michael Ferlez

Topics@CreditEdge Webinar – Navigating Choppy Markets: Safety-First Equity Strategies Based on Credit Risk Signals

Join us as our experts discuss the use of credit risk measures in evaluating firms to determine tendencies in performance in comparison to their peers in the S&P 500 universe.

December 05, 2018 WebPage Yukyung Choi, Dr. Samuel W. Malone
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Topics@CreditEdge: Navigating Choppy Markets

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Weekly Market Outlook: Core Profit's Positive Outlook Lessens Downside

Profitability will have the final say regarding the future direction of the corporate credit cycle. Each of the five deep and extended contractions by profits since 1982 helped to lift the high-yield default rate well above 5%. Moreover, three of the five pronounced downturns by profits overlapped each of the recessions since 1982. For now, the outlook for corporate earnings benefits from the surprising containment of employee compensation notwithstanding the lowest unemployment rate in 49 years.

November 29, 2018 Pdf Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Michael Ferlez, John Lonski, Ryan Sweet
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Weekly Market Outlook: Unprecedented Amount of Baa-Grade Bonds Menaces the Credit Outlook

Greater uncertainty surrounding the sustainability of corporate earnings growth has adversely affected the performance of medium- and lower-grade corporate bonds. If fears over the adequacy of future corporate earnings persist, the upside for benchmark U.S. interest rates is probably well under consensus expectations.

November 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Yukyung Choi, Katrina Ell, Veasna Kong, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Ryan Sweet, Michael Ferlez
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