The noise machines are getting louder these days with Junk Bond Funds falling to levels not seen since March. You have the frustrated stock market bears data mining the heck out of everything trying to find something to justify their losing positions, or lack of winning ones in many cases. Remember it’s not just about the money they’ve lost trying to short the stock market, it’s the overwhelming amount of opportunity cost already incurred by simply not being long enough. It’s double the frustration. I’ve noticed these bears turning to the bond market for guidance.
While the yield curve continues to fall, we’ve actually found that historically the stock market does the best when the yield curve is exactly where it is today (2s-10s specifically). But today I want to talk about the spreads between Junk Bonds and Government Bonds. When the stock market is showing plenty of evidence of risk appetite, we want to see the bond market confirming that as well, not diverging from it. [Read more…]