High yield fixed income has always been considered a riskier investment relative to other bonds. But strong corporate fundamentals are making this asset class far less risky these days. And that makes so-called junk bonds currently a bit of a misnomer.
“The stronger fundamental starting point for U.S. high yield remains a clear differentiator this cycle, with average credit quality still near all-time highs,” according to BondBloxx. “Although leverage and interest coverage measures have started to soften during the past two quarters, high yield corporate balance sheets remain generally well-positioned.”
BondBloxx added that “issuers continue to actively address their near-term bond maturities.” This has been “reducing the chance of a significant rise in corporate defaults.”
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Target These Bonds in Resilient Sectors
For investors looking to invest in high yield industries that have demonstrated strong fundamentals and resilience in the current economic climate, BondBloxx has a few options. For example, they may want to target the energy sector with the BondBloxx USD High Yield Bond Energy Sector ETF (XHYE).
Another option is consumer noncyclicals. That’s there the BondBloxx USD High Yield Bond Consumer Non-Cyclicals Sector ETF (XHYD) can come into play.