Category Archives: Fixed Income

Mid-Month Issuer Review of the S&P U.S. Issued High Yield Corporate Bond Index

The index is up 0.42% month-to-date.  Here is a performance review of the top & bottom 10 issues within the index. Top 10 Issues May has been a good month for MBIA so far.  The insurer settled a 2008 legal dispute with Bank of America concerning bad mortgage debt.  The $1.7 billion settlement later led Read more […]

Buddy, Can You Spare Some Yield?

It doesn’t take more than a passing glance at a business publication or televised market update to know that one of the top business stories is the current low interest rate regime.  U.S. Treasury bills are being auctioned, and are trading, at or near zero yields.  The yield-to-worst on the S&P/BGCantor 0-3 Month U.S. Treasury Read more […]

Equity Auguries?

The market for credit default swaps is typically not well-understood by equity investors (myself emphatically included).  This is unfortunate, since the price of insuring a company’s bonds (which is what a CDS measures) can sometimes provide insight into the same company’s equity securities. For example, in September 2012, the S&P 500 financials sector began to Read more […]

Special Report: US vs. European Banks CDS

The S&P/ISDA CDS U.S. Financials Select 10 Index held steady widening by a diminutive amount [3bps] for the month of March. The same cannot be said for the S&P/ISDA CDS European Banks Select 15 Index whose spread widened by 35bps in tandem with the news of the banking crisis in Cyprus. Cypriot banks remained closed Read more […]

National Credit Default Rates Decreased in February 2013 According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices

Three of the Five Cities Saw Default Rates Descend in February 2013 New York, March 19, 2013 – Data through February 2013, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, showed a decrease in national default rates during Read more […]

US Municipal Bond Market Data – March 14, 2013

High yield municipal bond yields and relative spreads to investment grade munis have moved to lows not seen since 2008.  The S&P Municipal Bond High Yield Index has shown a positive total return of over 1.68% year to date and over 14% since this time last year.  The yield spread between high yield and investment Read more […]