Net outflows continued as the cushion from credit spreads is still inadequate...So far risk contagion from the Puerto Rican bond default has not been an issue. Munis still look attractive relative to Treasuries, and investment grade Corporates...The improvement in credit markets and inflation expectations looks more shaky as oil prices broke below the recent tight range and uncertainty around Greece adds to the overall risk aversion. We reduced these bonds to Unfavorable.
High yield bonds are not immune to the tapering of QE.
Merrill Lynch was first but the rush is on, stripping existing T-Bonds of their coupons, repackaging and selling coupons and principal separately. While perhaps priced too high for sharp pencil pushers, to us they look like a very good investment. Corporate “zeros” should, however, be viewed very cautiously.