So far this quarter, leveraged loan issuances hit $82 billion, or 72% of the first quarter’s supply, compared to the $46 billion in junk bonds, or about 50% of new issues in the first quarter, according to S&P Capital IQ data. Furthermore, loan funds attracted $1.3 billion in inflows so far in the second quarter, whereas high-yield mutual funds and ETFs lost $2.8 billion.
Nevertheless, “junk” bonds are still winning on the yields front, providing 7.82%, compared to 6.81% for leveraged loans, according to Credit Suisse.
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Max Chen contributed to this article.