Junk Debt Drops Below 5% Yield For First Time On Record

Tyler Durden's picture

While most comprehend that when buying credit-risky instruments the most critical aspect of return is the spread (or additional compensation over the risk-free rate) which itself is in 'bubble' territory; it is nevertheless spell-binding that the so-called 'High Yield' corporate bond market is now trading with a yield below 5% for the first time on record - a level at which 10 Year Treasuries were trading in July 2007...

Barclays high yield index 'yield' is now below 5% - the same as US Treasuries in July 2007!


and the bubble in credit risk re-emerges with the Fed as provider of excess liquidity as opposed to CDO creation last time...


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docj's picture

Headline from IBD that just flashed across one of my feeds...

Stocks Turn UP in the Afternoon...

To which all I could say was, "Why, of course they did." Because, free markets, or something.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



At this price Milken could buy the whole fucking world.  You know he has thought the same.

Spider's picture

One day someone is going to look back at this and say, "What the hell were they thinking?"

The system is getting VERY unstable - i'm glad I keep my gold out of it...

mayhem_korner's picture



I'd keep my gold out of it too...if I could ever find it again.  That last boating trip was a real downer.

JPM Hater001's picture

I'm actually thinking that today.

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Thank you Bernanke for forcing my hi-grade clients to chase hi-yield junk and for keeping FINRA and the SEC up my ass constantly for doing so.

Keeping old ladys poor, you sick fuck!

You are truly a slimy piece of shit fuckin fuck-fuck!

machineh's picture

Bernank's retirement plan is the same as Al Gore's: make an easy $200 million on the lecture circuit at $175,000 a pop.

He won't have a clue what to do with the cash, though.

Dingleberry's picture

Chase that yield, bitchez. Chase that yield.....

ShankyS's picture

I guess it is only revision to the mean - you know - when everything is junk. 

booboo's picture

Junk Debt ranks right up there with "Military Intelligence" as a classic oxymoronic phrase.

Mototard at Large's picture

...sort of like "science of ecnomics" ?

Colonel Klink's picture

You mean like the "nobel" prize in economic science which is sponsored and awarded by the world's oldest central bank?

1eyedman's picture

they gonna hold this btch up for another 30 mins?


mayhem_korner's picture



No mis-pricing of risk to see here.  Move along.

NotApplicable's picture

Risk? Why as long as there's still capital left to consume, risk is off the table.

Juggernaut Nihilism's picture

The long-term average for the 10-Year is 6.61%.  This is getting unreal.

Rainman's picture

welcome to the wonderful world of the 10y JGB

fonzannoon's picture

this is why you just HAVE to own dividend paying stocks. because clearly they are not in a bubble.

TBLightning's picture

How is this explained to Joe Kernan?

roadhazard's picture

He doesn't want to hear it. Do you notice when someone is on talking doom and gloom he pretends to ignore them and has someone else asking the questions. I have an email in a file waiting to send him when the SHTF. 

Dr. Engali's picture

This is simply amazing to me. Did you think you would ever see this day? To top it off everybody is putting out bullish pieces for high yield. The muppets are toast when this one blows.

mayhem_korner's picture



You're going to see even more amazing things ahead.  No doubt about it.

Dr. Engali's picture

I have no doubt about that. I think the thing that amazes me most is that with all these distortions  it hasn't blown already.

NotApplicable's picture

The world's biggest game of chicken, EVAR!

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Doc, I've been screaming this shit for two years.


These corp prices can crash 10 pts at the drop of a sombrero.

All fixed income is looking over the edge of the precipice.....look out below mother fuckers

HelluvaEngineer's picture

No way.  They'll all get out at the exact top and pile into GLD.  Oh, wait...

Dr Benway's picture

The most critical aspect of your return is not spread but the putative preservation of capital

Bam_Man's picture

All this excess funny money has to die somewhere....

FubarNation's picture

My god junk below 5%.  is it me or is this whole thing fucked?

TLT's picture

Explained by the book: "Road to inflation". Author: Uncle Ben.

machineh's picture

He was gonna write Rice Paddy Road about his 10-minute rice, echoing the pellagra-blasted white trash characters of Tobacco Road.

But his editor told him that Road to Inflation would reach a much wider audience ... just as his POMOs do.

SeeNoEvil's picture

Its a miracle of modern economics of course no risk here

Caveman93's picture

High Yield' corporate bond market is now trading with a yield below 5% for the first time on record .


Bwhahhahahahaha! It's Alllllllll Junk baby!

ShrNfr's picture

The sad part is that junk bonds have a higher chance of paying out par at maturity than 30 year treasuries do.

NotApplicable's picture

Not after someone brandishes a nuke or two.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Junk below 5% means that there is no risk... just tail risk and Bernak says to forget that.

If Junk is below 5% then one has to buy equiites right? Bernank says so and will use the full faith and credit of the US people to enforce this schema....

Nothing wrong with that right..?

Shell Game's picture

This bodes well for the elderly...

W T F II's picture

This should be a boon for prudent capital formation and help facilitate a smooth-glide path for further recovery and economic growth...!!

***ATTENTION***---My new name is now, "ANY SHILL, USA" Henceforth, please refere to me ONLY by that moniker... Thank you---***ATTENTION***

W T F II's picture

"What The Fuck"...the "II" is to signify a condition whereby I am twice as shocked. But, as of today, I am resigned to be "ANY SHILL, USA", whereby I will tow the Party line and happily assert agreement to the wisdom of policies and their beneficent outcomes...

Dr. Engali's picture

What happens when the fed drives the cost of money to zero on every product? It certainly seems like it's headed that way. Zero cost of money ( for those who have access. For the rest of us it's 6 to 29% credit cards) and zero return on your investment.

Thisson's picture

We don't know.  That's why we're watching Shinzo Abe so closely.

mayhem_korner's picture



When something is free and unlimited in its ability to be produced, it is...wait for it...worthless.  And that, mon ami, is the answer.

NotApplicable's picture

That's when we start calling each other "comrade," as private finance will be fully politicized, as they will own everything.

Of course, that's the beauty of issuing liabilities that you aren't liable for.

Good work, if ya can get it.

unununium's picture

They started calling each other "comrade" on Calculated Risk 3 or 4 years ago, before that place turned to the dark side. 

W T F II's picture

Hey Doc,

Please try to appreciate your side of the "Carry Trade"...!! Buck Up and SMILE...!!

Dr. Engali's picture

We are all Japanese now.

W T F II's picture

Geisha Slaves To Monetray Policy

"You WILL enjoy your time here and make our guests feel welcome..."