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One of the more noteworthy stories in the U.S. fixed income arena as 2018 came to a close was the reversal in fortune for the high-yield corporate bond market. What does this mean for the bond market in 2019?

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In 2015, we helped create a strategy that sought to enhance the income profile of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index. Today, we bring that same underlying methodology to global fixed income markets. Bradley Krom and Josh Shapiro introduce our new approach and show how going global can mean much more than simple diversification.

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Recently, investors may have been lulled into a false sense of complacency amid the current bull market. By anchoring bond portfolios to fundamentals, we believe our approach has the potential to avoid the pitfalls that will likely emerge as we enter the later stages of the credit cycle.

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With the debt of numerous high-profile, blue-chip corporations being placed on negative watch, investors are taking another look at credit quality across the U.S. investment grade corporate debt universe. We believe prudent investors should start to assess whether the underlying credit risks in their portfolios are worth taking.

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Amid the recent sell-off in risky assets, many investors are wondering if this is a momentary blip or the beginning of a more protracted slowdown. We’ve seen a number of questions about the overall health of the high-yield market. We examine the highest-profile defaults of 2018 and provide some rationale for why a fundamental approach to high yield can potentially avoid the pitfalls inherent in market cap weighting.

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Tesla may be a great company that builds exciting cars, but are investors being compensated enough to lend Tesla money? We examine the characteristics of Tesla’s bonds compared to broad high-yield bond indexes and then highlight why, at this stage of the credit cycle, it makes sense to favor a fundamental discipline like the one WisdomTree developed.

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