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In the Recovery Phase of the Credit Cycle

Strong earnings growth, low default volumes, upward rating migration, and tighter spreads in the recovery phase of the credit cycle.

May 13, 2021


High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook

Second Quarter 2021

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

  • The credit cycle framework suggests that we will progress to other phases before experiencing another wave of default activity, which eases our concerns about historically tight credit spreads.
  • Fundamental conditions support staying long credit despite historically tight credit spreads, just as they did in the early 1990s when spreads stayed near similar levels for years.
  • Based on the pace of rating upgrades in the first quarter of 2021, almost 28 percent of the current high-yield index could receive an upgrade of at least one notch by the end of the year.
  • As default probability falls with credit rating upgrades, we think it makes sense to look further down the credit spectrum.
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