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When US investment grade bonds are downgraded and cross the ratings threshold into high yield territory, they join the sector known as “fallen angels.” And while they’re technically categorized as high yield (HY) bonds, it’s important to note that fallen angels were initially issued as investment grade (IG) credits. This is why they tend to have distinct characteristics that set them apart from the rest of the US HY bond market.
In a rare tug of war, both equities and government bonds have rallied this year as financial markets wrestle with the implications of a synchronized global slowdown.
In order to bring some rigor to the process, FTSE Russell takes a volatility-based definition, which we believe cuts through the noise and focuses on what the indexes measure.