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Credit Returns in the Upcoming Fed Hiking Cycle

Exploring the performance of leveraged credit in past tightening cycles.

March 04, 2022


High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook

First Quarter 2022

Here are the key takeaways from our latest High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook report:

  • Given broadening price pressures in the economy, there is growing urgency for the Fed to begin a rate hiking cycle in 2022 and shrink the size of its balance sheet.
  • High yield and bank loan investors need not fear a Fed tightening cycle, since rate hikes typically occur when growth is strong and defaults are low.
  • Both sectors carry features that can support returns as the Fed is raising interest rates, namely spread compression in high-yield corporates and floating coupons in bank loans.
  • The floating-rate coupon on bank loans should rise in tandem with the general movement of short-term interest rates and cushion their performance.
  • We slightly favor bank loans primarily due to their low duration profile and wider discount margins that leave room for spread compression.
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