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Wow, what's up with junk bonds today?
Old 12-18-2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Wow, what's up with junk bonds today?

HYG (a junk bond ETF) is up 6.6% today. Maybe it's only a head fake, but junk bonds and small caps are often the first asset classes to start rising in a market recovery. May bear watching for a while. If it looks like junk and small caps are outperforming for a while, it could be a good sign.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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That could be a nice change for VWEHX... Down 27%+ this year.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Ya I bought VWEHX a month ago and It promptly went down almost 10%, and the GNMA fund I (partially) sold went up 1%. With an SEC yield of 13+%, it looks a bit more attractive than the 0% T-bills, perhaps people are getting greedy again.

Either that or the value of VWEHX and HYG, Detroit 3 bonds rose a bit.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:21 PM   #4
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people have figured out that it is a better place to put your money than US treasuries for interest and appreciation.
HYG was pricing in a depression - people now thinking that might not happen.
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Seems to be a reasonable concern that MM funds could get close to or at 0% yield..Tons of bucks hiding there that is probably looking for a home.
I bought some FHIFX today --yield ~ 13%
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:43 AM   #6
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Yesterday's rise prob due to leaks about the bailout of auto industry announced today. HYG prob holds paper from this sector.
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Yesterday's rise prob due to leaks about the bailout of auto industry announced today. HYG prob holds paper from this sector.
Well, it IS a junk bond high-yield bond fund...

But the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Both TIP and HYG are down today...
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Well, it IS a junk bond high-yield bond fund...

But the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Both TIP and HYG are down today...
Small caps are still way up, though, and outperforming recently.

Continue to watch these two sectors -- small caps and junk. As I said before, these asset classes often lead market recoveries.
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There is an economist on Tech Ticker today who has called correctly most of what has happened in the economy. Anyway, he says no recovery before 2010, and then only maybe!
http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/article/149057/He-Saw-the-Crash-Coming-What-Gary-Shilling-Sees-for-2009?tickers=^dji,^gspc,^ixic,SPY,DIA,TLT,UUP
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I put little stock in the people who have "correctly called" most of this bad market and economy, especially since so many of them have been making this "call" for a decade or more. A broken clock is right twice a day, but that doesn't mean I always want it keeping time for me.

Elaine Garzarelli made a career out of "calling" the crash of 1987 and for a while after that, she was the bees knees in the financial media. Everyone wanted her opinion of everything. As often as not, it turned out to be wrong.
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There is an economist on Tech Ticker today who has called correctly most of what has happened in the economy. Anyway, he says no recovery before 2010, and then only maybe!
He Saw the Crash Coming What Gary Shilling Sees for 2009: Tech Ticker, Yahoo! Finance
Hmm, I wonder what "called correctly most of what has happened in the economy." means? Depending on how you quantify that most everyone on this board could claim this statement.
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Hmm, I wonder what "called correctly most of what has happened in the economy." means? Depending on how you quantify that most everyone on this board could claim this statement.
I think that would have to read "retired on his Caribbean yacht with his retinue of servants & retainers..."
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The high yield index currently yields ~22%. At that yield you'll break even if you assume a 75% default rate over the next 5 years and a 20% recovery in default . . . we're pretty much pricing in the Apocalypse. That doesn't mean that prices can't continue to fall and price in the Apocalypse^2, but bonds are cheap.
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