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.
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.
March 26, 2020—The stock market’s precipitous drop has wreaked havoc on portfolios, wiping three years of gains from the U.S. stock market in a matter of days. What we have experienced puts us in uncharted waters: a combination of one of the fastest declines in equity market history, the most abrupt and wholesale halting of economic activity ever, and the most rapid deployment of monetary stimulus we’ve ever seen.