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Guggenheim Fourth Quarter 2021 High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook: Are High-Yield Markets Misjudging Evergrande Risk?

We encourage investors to be mindful of technical and fundamental links between high-yield credit and challenges in the China property market

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guggenheim Investments, the global asset management and investment advisory business of Guggenheim Partners, today provided its Fourth Quarter 2021 High-Yield and Bank Loan Outlook. Titled “Are High-Yield Markets Misjudging Evergrande Risk?,” the report explains why investors may be too sanguine about the Chinese government’s ability to successfully manage the unwinding of Evergrande debt.

Among the highlights in the 16-page report:

  • While the Asia high-yield sector reflects concerns over Evergrande and other overextended Chinese property companies showing distress, other credit markets—which usually exhibit positive correlation—have not demonstrated indications of worry.
  • This unusual situation represents the market’s faith that China will successfully manage the unwinding of Evergrande’s debt, but we think they are dismissing the long-term effects of Beijing’s crackdown on overleveraged industries.
  • The U.S. high-yield market is no longer the domestic island many participants perceive it to be. Our research shows the typical high-yield issuer has 27 percent exposure to non-U.S. sources of revenue, with one sector showing as much as 44 percent exposure. This interconnectedness means that issuers in the U.S. high-yield index are susceptible to a potential China growth slowdown through second or third-order effects.
  • Abundant central bank-driven liquidity may also be causing U.S. high-yield investors to become complacent about risk, but central banks are moving to withdraw some accommodation in the next 12 months, including the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) through a tapering of asset purchases.
  • Very strong corporate fundamentals and the improving economy lead us to remain constructive on the U.S. high-yield market, but we are mindful of the risks as we move along stages of the cycle.

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