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How High Yield May Reduce Portfolio Risk

Published Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:17:22 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

Transcript: Risk assets, be it high-yield bonds, equity markets worldwide, are not pricing in all that much bad news. The rates markets worldwide are. One of them is wrong.
I see time and time again that people say we're later in the cycle, I don't want to own higher-income assets. The problem with that is that history suggests that every time you have a sell-off in higher-yielding assets, equities do worse. Usually a lot worse.
We actually looked at every time high yield had a sell-off of five or more percent. That happens about once every two or three years. In every period in the past 25 years, equity sold off more. If we take a dollar out of the equity side of our portfolio and put it into income-generating assets, there we actually reduce the amount of risk we have in the portfolio.
It's because high-yield debt is half as volatile as equity securities. And, you do keep most of the return. We looked at the yield of the market over the past 20 years, and we then looked at the next five years' return at any point in time, and we saw a tremendously high correlation. Your starting yield is actually a really good representation of what to expect over the next five years.
I'll give you some examples. When yields were at pretty high points back at the end of '02 and the end of '08-end of '02 was about 14 percent; end of 2008, about 20 percent. Your returns over the next five years from '02 to '07 were about 14 percent; your returns at an annualized basis from '08 to '13... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
MFS INTERMEDIATE HIGH INCOME FUND 2.68   0.0 0.00 0.00 9.08
CS HIGH YIELD BOND FUND 2.58   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.87
PIONEER HIGH INCOME TRUST 9.29   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.72
WELLS FARGO ADV INCOME OPP FUND 8.20   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.61
ARES DYNAMIC CREDIT ALLOCATION FUND 15.08   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.56
CREDIT SUISSE ASSET MANAGEMENT INCOME FUND 3.16   0.0 0.00 0.27 8.52
WA HIGH INCOME FUND II 6.76   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.27
BLACKROCK CORPORATE HIGH YIELD FUND VI 10.76   0.0 0.00 0.00 8.01
FIRST TRUST STRATEGIC HIGH INCOME FUND II 12.35   0.0 0.00 0.00 7.77
BLACKROCK DEBT STRATEGIES FUND 10.78   0.0 0.00 0.00 7.63
NEUBERGER BERMAN HIGH YIELD STRATEGIES FUND 12.01   0.0 0.00 0.98 7.45
MASSMUTUAL CORP INV 16.54   0.0 0.00 1.20 7.27
SPDR BARCLAYS CAPITAL HIGH YIELD BOND ETF 108.94   0.0 0.00 6.07 5.58
ISHARES IBOXX $ HIGH YIELD CORPORATE BOND FUND 87.32   0.0 0.00 4.60 5.27

MFS INTERMEDIATE HIGH INCOME FUND - CIF
MFS INTERMEDIATE HIGH INCOME FUND - CIF  


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Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - The Benchmark Is Close To Its Highest Annual Levels
When High Yield Isn't High: After-Tax ETF Returns
Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - The Benchmark Increased Its Price
Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - The Recession Worries Left The Sector In Negative Territory
Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - PCF Announced Its Dividend For The Next 3 Months
Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - Positive Performance For The Benchmark After The Rate Cut
Weekly Review: High-Yield CEFs - Another Slight Increase For The Sector

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