Investors are awaiting the Federal Reserve’s decision on how it will move forward with interest rate hikes. But despite some new estimates of how the U.S. central bank will proceed, analysts and industry observers agree that the Fed will continue to raise rates to combat inflation until it reaches its target of 2%.
This means that market volatility is likely to persist. But with markets having absorbed a considerable amount of rate changes over the year, fixed income investors can be very differently positioned in 2023 than they were this year, according to co-founder Joanna Gallegos.
As income investors reallocate more to fixed income and become more comfortable with riskier assets, high-quality high yield is worth considering. In particular, Gallegos said that single-Bs are “the Goldilocks of high yield,” since they’re “less rate-sensitive than double-Bs and … less idiosyncratic risk than triple-Cs.”
Gallegos noted that “there are spots to enter into the risk markets” across different sectors, such as high yield energy and consumer industrials, both of which “have a lot of strengths in their balance sheets.”
For investors wanting targeted high yield exposure, BondBloxx has , including the BondBloxx US High Yield Bond Energy Sector ETF (XHYE ), the BondBloxx US High Yield Bond Industrial Sector ETF (XHYI ), and the BondBloxx US High Yield Bond Consumer Cyclicals Sector ETF (XHYC ).
Launched in October of 2021 to provide precision ETF exposure for fixed income investors, Gallegos co-founded BondBloxx with ETF industry leaders Leland Clemons, Tony Kelly, Mark Miller, Brian O’Donnell, and Elya Schwartzman. The team has collectively built and launched over 350 ETFs at firms including BlackRock, JPMorgan, State Street, Northern Trust, and HSBC.
“BondBloxx has continued to launch innovative products since its founding and has expanded the ETF universe with targeted products where there is white space,” said Todd Rosenbluth, head of research at VettaFi. “Their broad range of fixed income funds makes them a firm to watch as the asset category grows.”