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U.S. Corporations: All Gain, No Pain?

by Editorial Staff
Updated: September 01, 2023

Good day, everyone, it's Murray Gunn here. And this month we've got some belting charts for you. Here's one you won't want to miss.

Despite an historic rise in bond yields in short-term interest rates, there really hasn't been much pain felt at all by corporate borrowers. One reason for that might be because corporates have yet to face refinancing challenges after locking in very low borrowing rates.

This chart shows the U.S. spread between the lowest rated investment grade corporate bonds and the second lowest rated. When the U.S. spread is going up, it means that the lowest rated investment grade bonds are underperforming and points to an increasing risk of downgrades to non-investment grade, or junk bond, status.

It's a good measure of sentiment, and you can see that fear of downgrades and defaults has risen in past worries over the economy.

So what is happening now? The answer might surprise you, so check out the article to find out.

Enjoy the issue and stay tuned to EWI for what will be a very interesting time ahead.

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