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Why Do You Own High-Yield Bonds?

Aug 20, 2014
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The high-yield market was rattled last week causing a $6.5 billion outflow out of high-yield funds and exchange-traded funds for the week ended Aug. 6. This brought a four-week streak of net redemptions totaling $12.5 billion. The massive outflows followed months of commentary suggesting the high-yield market was showing signs of froth and highlighting the risks to this sector after a multiyear bull run. It'll be interesting to see whether these outflows continue or whether investors waiting on the sidelines will now jump back into the fray given slightly higher yields following the sell-off. 

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