The COVID-19 impact on the markets reared its ugly head over the last couple of weeks in the U.S. corporate bond market. Kevin Flanagan and Josh Shapiro provide investors with a solution to help avoid the pitfalls of corporate bond investing that seem to be getting highlighted on a daily basis in the current environment.
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.
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.
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.