High Yield Market Outlook & Positioning: October 2023

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High Yield Market Outlook & Positioning: October 2023

October 2023 | As economic conditions were favorable, investors expected high yield issuers would not be encountering severe economic headwinds, and high yield spreads declined to near the lowest levels for 2023. Lower-quality credits were bid up, which was exemplified by the ICE BofA High Yield Distressed Index quarter-to-date return cresting to 7% by early September. We believe the current environment suggests investors consider reducing the aggregate weight of their sectors relative to benchmarks based on a bottom-up valuation analysis.

01 |  Third-quarter high yield index performance was initially positive, then faded as bond yields rose and equities declined.

02 | Key measures of inflation ticked up during the quarter, suggesting the Fed’s inflation fighting actions are unlikely to conclude soon.

03 | Forward economic indicators continue to flash warning signs regarding growth, raising the likelihood of weaker credit performance.

High Yield Market Outlook & Positioning: October 2023

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