Credit market commentary: July 2020
The recovery in markets continued in July as optimism surrounding reopening and further stimulus measures outweighed fears of rising cases. HY Bonds and Senior Secured Loans returned 4.78% and 1.96%, respectively. Interest rates fell steadily throughout the month, boosting the duration-sensitive Barclays Agg, which returned 1.25%.
Energy market commentary: July 2020
The rebound in energy markets has sputtered over the past two months. Global crude production is likely to increase in the coming months, which could test oil prices previously stabilized by unprecedented supply cuts.
Energy market commentary: June 2020
Concerns over spikes in COVID-19 cases weighed on energy sentiment in June. As global crude supply remains muted, further recovery in oil prices hinges on the return of demand in the U.S., the world’s largest energy consumer.
Credit market commentary: June 2020
The recovery in markets continued in June, but at a slower pace amid concerns over rising COVID cases. HY Bonds and Senior Secured Loans still ended the month up, returning 0.97% and 1.14%, respectively, capping off the best quarter for each market since Q3 2009. Interest rates spiked early in the month before declining slightly, and the duration-sensitive Barclays Agg returned 0.63%.
Credit market commentary: May 2020
Steps to reopen the economy and progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine created an optimistic sentiment for much of the month, as HY Bonds, Senior Secured Loans and structured products posted strong returns. Interest rates remained relatively rangebound and the duration-sensitive Barclays Agg had a slight gain.
Energy market commentary: May 2020
Midstream led a continued recovery for the broader energy sector in May. While falling production volume is a negative for midstream, many firms have protections in place to help mitigate impacts.