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Coronavirus: Updates and Developments

Wilmington Trust |
Wilmington Wire
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As of April 6, 2020 — Wilmington Trust has been monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and assessing its impact on investments and the economy. Visit this page for updates as further developments unfold. What COVID-19 health and wealth impacts lie ahead? Listen to the replay of our recent webinar, “COVID-19: Fiscal, Monetary & Medical Shots in the Arm?,” with Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth and special guest, Ashish K.

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Fallen Angel Risk Shifts Back into Focus

Evan Kurinsky |
Wilmington Wire
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April 2, 2020—In our 2019 Capital Markets Forecast we highlighted myriad risks posed by the increasing amount and deteriorating quality of BBB-rated debt, which sits in the lowest tier of the investment-grade corporate bond market and just one notch above high yield. A decade of low interest rates, thanks to an accommodative Federal Reserve, incentivized companies to increase their level of borrowing, helping the BBB universe grow by more than 300% since 2009[1].

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Using REITs to Build Returns

Jessica Blitz |
Wilmington Wire
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April 2, 2020—As markets continue to fluctuate, it looks as if no asset classes have been spared the COVID-19-driven price hit. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have struggled along with the broader equity market, despite having outperformed during past periods of stress, including the market drawdown in 4Q 2018.REITs own, and frequently operate, income-generating real estate.

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