As demand from U.S. and global institutional investors provides potential support following episodes of weakness, Co-Directors of High Yield at Eaton Vance Management, Jeff Mueller and Steve Concannon discuss potential buying opportunities available to long-term oriented investors. For more, please read their full 2022 outlook.
Investing entails risks and there can be no assurance that any strategy will achieve profits or avoid incurring losses.
High Yield – About risk An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer’s ability to make principal and interest payments. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments involving higher risk do not necessarily mean higher return potential. Diversification cannot ensure a profit or eliminate the risk of loss. Debt securities are subject to risks that the issuer will not meet its payment obligations. Low-rate or equivalent unrated debt securities of the type in which a strategy will invest generally offer a higher return than higherrated debt securities but also are subject to greater risks that the issuer will default. Unrated bonds are generally regarded as being speculative.
Credit ratings measure the quality of a bond based on the issuer’s creditworthiness, with ratings ranging from AAA, being the highest, to D, being the lowest, based on S&P’s measures. Ratings of BBB- or higher by Standard and Poor’s or Fitch (Baa3 or higher by Moody’s) are considered to be investment-grade quality. Credit ratings are based largely on the ratings agency’s analysis at the time of rating. The rating assigned to any particular security is not necessarily a reflection of the issuer’s current financial condition and does not necessarily reflect its assessment of the volatility of a security’s market value or of the liquidity of an investment in the security. If securities are rated differently by the ratings agencies, the lower rating is applied. Holdings designated as “Not Rated” are not rated by the national ratings agencies stated above. Ratings are based on Moody’s, S&P or Fitch, as applicable. Ratings, which are subject to change, apply to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities and not to the strategy or composite.
Date-of Data: December 27, 2021
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