High-Yield, Junk Bond ETFs Are Gaining Traction

After the fallout in the fixed-income market following the sudden surge in yields, investors are moving back into speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds.

Over the past week, as the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) rose 0.9% and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) gained 0.8%, investors funneled $1.2 billion in HYG and $796.7 million into JNK, according to XTF data.

Meanwhile, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) fell 0.5% as yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury bonds continued to pusher higher to 2.481% on Tuesday.

Despite the rising yields, junk bonds are strengthening, which suggest that the riskier segment of the fixed-income market is more closely following the strengthening equities market.

Bond investors may also be warming up to the junk bond market on diminished credit risk after oil prices surged in response to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC producers’ agreement to curb output in a bid to stabilize global prices. With oil prices rising, highly leveraged speculative-grade energy company debt are less likely to default.