The Scariest Chart For High Yield Bond Holders

Tyler Durden's picture

We have been pointing to the 'changes' that are evident in the high yield credit market (bonds, credit derivatives, and ETFs) for a few weeks now. The fall in the high-yield bond advance-decline line (and up-in-quality rotation); the decompression of HY credit spreads; and the lack of share creation, discount to NAV, and underperformance of JNK/HYG; but these canaries-in-the-coalmine pale in comparison to the massively over-crowded nature of the high-yield credit protection bullish positioning among arguably levered market participants. As Morgan Stanley notes: "US High Yield Investors Are 'Full Overweight'". Remember large crowds and small doors are no fun.


The only reason to be this long HY right now (with leverage rising, cash/debt falling, and potentially the liquidity spigot of central banking running dry) is if it is paired against an S&P 500 short as that is the only other high-beta asset class that remains absolutely ebullient.


The primary HY market remains active (especially for European issuers) but concessions are dropping and yields becoming less and less attractive even to yield-hungry carry-chasers (unless they can basis-trade it away).


The other item of note with primary issuance is a preference for quality junk - as opposed to junk junk - i.e. we want some yield but don't wanna buy the next Kodak.

However, if this volume of net longs ever gets itchy feet then the contagion to an already illiquid cash market will be spectacular.

Caveat Emptor.

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dannyboy's picture

Fun Fun for everyone!.... Right?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I must admit that I am heavily overweight high yield debt myself. The Greek restructuring turned out to be shining success, despite the whining of doomer libertarians, and this bodes well for the rest of Europe and the global economy. The solid and steady global recovery is also showing increasingly many green shoots which I find very encouraging. In my opinion, this is definitely a time to be buying risk assets.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

bitch, PLEEZ

You weren't even first on this one. I totally pwned it.

slaughterer's picture

Dude, he is the original MDB.  Respect.  He is a legend here.  

nope-1004's picture

Aside from accuracy, of course.  He's allowed to continue to post bullshit - he's been Grandfathered in.  LOL.

Sunday to Tuesday he's Max Fischer, "Clitoris Monday".  Wednesday to Saturday he's MDB, the original "legend".


Before that he shorted Silver at $27 because "it costs only $5 to get it out of the ground".  The shining success bit him hard, so now it's personal.


The Alarmist's picture

Where was all this deference when Leo was extolling the virtues of Chinese solars?

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Is Leo gone for good?  I may have missed his departure, but perhaps not his absence.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Ya, ya, I know, I know... but I never got one in BEFORE him on an article so I thought it was funny.

Ok, I'm off to buy Greek bonds now that MDB has shown me the light :D

STP's picture

You sir, are hilarious!  I love reading your unbelievably ignorant posts, because if you believe that the Greek Restructuring was a success, let me ask you who exactly is buying all their trash, I mean bonds?  Could it be the ECB?  Aren't they buying Spanish and Italian bonds too?  If they aren't, I'm sure they're bumping the Euro banks into buying them, by loaning them dollars, I mean swapped Euro's for cheap.

Green shoots!  I love it!  Too friggin' funny!  The only Green Shoots I see is the Green Shooting out of all the Central Banks in the world as they try to save the 'Too Big To Fail' buddies!

radwon's picture

And so another takes the bait.  

CrazyCooter's picture

Hehe, yup. I think there is an autism correlation with ZH readers ... WAY too literal ... even obvious satire.



RobertMugabe's picture

Does satire elude you?

CvlDobd's picture

MDB called the pre Ron Paul v. Bernanke Silver breakout a bulltrap. So ffar he has been right. Interesting.

q99x2's picture

Hatched from the same egg that bored the world with a Hamy Wanger.

CrazyCooter's picture

Hamy was never so good and neither was RoboTrader ... MDB has the right blend of herbs and spices ... just my opinion, others may vary.



LongSoupLine's picture

The Greek restructuring turned out to be shining success - MDB


MDB, Man I wet mayself when I read that one.  Yet again, you prove to be king of all trolls.  props!

Lux Fiat's picture

Have always loved the avatar.  If I had fewer scruples, I might "borrow" it, but change it to "Mr(s). Bond Bubble".

slaughterer's picture

Someone is going to get badly TVIXed here.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Silly Rabbit, trix are for kids!

Maybe finally the crazy gold bugs will realize it's time to drop shiny rocks backed by nothing and go with the time tested US Treasury backed by the full faith & credit of the US gov't!

Yes, MillionFaecesBonus_, I beat you to it.


slaughterer's picture

Fiat is for pussies.   Fuck Fiat.  

Yen Cross's picture

I apreciate your input Slaugterer. Always will! Fiat is , unfortunately a medium of asset transfer.

 If I can profit from the " central banks", and park hard $'s , then I will!

AldousHuxley's picture

gold going back up in late summer '12 in time for election money printing and/or facebook IPO.


Obama isn't a retard like Bush who forgot to print shit during election time or maybe he wanted nigger adopting McCain to lose.



CvlDobd's picture

Quit upvoting youself!


A Million Dollar Bonus post is great sarcasm. You are just lame.

RobertMugabe's picture

You lack all of the originality and sharp wit that makes MDB the best poster on this site.  "MeelionDollerBogus" -> Oh man that is GENIUS satire! Very Johnathan Swift-esq!

 Do everyone a favor and please stop demonstrating how unfunny you are.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

I'm going to cry.

Now I'm going to go pet my sharks and their lazors until I feel better.

Yen Cross's picture

I'm ripping through these Junk/Bond charts.  Major divergence! That, is not always a bad thing, if you want to catch a falling "Machetti". The blade is resilient, and cheap.  Just a thought.?

slewie the pi-rat's picture

you want insurance with that shit, good lookin?

Yen Cross's picture

I haven't spent the last 3 years in Singapore for nothing! Emerging markets look ok to me!

The Alarmist's picture

"Good morning, Mr. Tyler. Going down?"