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Volatility in Bond Issuance

What's in the news:

With President Trump in office now for a little over a month, many are waiting anxiously for news relating to his promise of tax reform and what may come of the proposal drafted last summer by House Republicans. The proposal focuses on: 

  • Eliminating the tax on foreign income and only taxing US companies on goods imported to the US, meaning companies could repatriate future profits earned overseas penalty free 
  • Implementing a tax of 8.75% on uninvested profits sitting overseas

After years in a low interest rate environment, the corporate bond market has been an access point for income oriented investors. If companies could repatriate future profits earned overseas at no cost, that cash could be used to pay for future investments rather than funding them with debt.  Another unintended consequence could also be that more corporations favor stock buybacks rather than dividend increases to shareholders. 

The chart below shows US investment grade corporate bond issuance since 1996.  Investment grade corporate bond issuance has been trending higher since the financial crisis of '08.  If an issuance slowdown does occur, the results could be a rally in corporate bond buying and income-oriented investors turning to riskier assets for yield.  

US Investment Grade Corporate Bond Issuance (1996 - 2016)

Source: WSJ, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association


What are we thinking?

Are you positioned to monitor the fixed income landscape? With the possibility of the US investment grade corporate bond market shrinking and the other market uncertainties, we believe that active bond management is prudent.  If you are considering fixed income in an asset allocation remember that our Current Income Portfolio is structured to benefit from a rising rate environment while also providing high levels of income to investors in low rate environments. 




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