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Given recent market volatility and geopolitical/economic concerns, we continue to lean into using sound, time-tested fundamental metrics to help navigate an uncertain future. With this approach, investors have the potential to avoid volatility risk, while preserving the potential to earn higher levels of income and participate in a growing part of the economy.

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Few markets or asset classes were spared when volatility returned with a vengeance. We discuss what recent moves have meant for U.S. high-yield bonds and why our fundamental approach to credit has outperformed all other credit ETFs and the majority of active managers.

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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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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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