Income Monitor: Q2 2018

Sep 24, 2018

The Global X research team is excited to introduce the Income Monitor. This report seeks to provide broad, macro-level insights into the income characteristics of various asset classes and strategies. This quarter’s report can be accessed here.

In this quarter’s report, we observe that there are some opportunities for value-conscious investors.  Within the equity space, for example, MLPs, measured by the S&P MLP Index as of 6/30/18, look attractive with over a 4.3% yield spread to the yield on current 10-year Treasuries. In addition, MLPs yielded 1.04% more than their historical 5 year average as of 6/30/18. From a sector perspective, while Telecoms within the S&P 500 Index yielded 5.7%, the upcoming GICS sector changes may have investors re-evaluating the role of the Telecom space in their portfolios.

On the fixed income side, Emerging Market (EM) bonds were amongst the highest yielders, but come with risk. As demonstrated by the recent downturn in the emerging markets, currency depreciation can be a major source of volatility. High Yield (HY) bonds could be a potential alternative, but some analysts have expressed concerns about deteriorating quality of high yield bonds in the form of lighter covenants, possibly posing more risk than meets the eye in this segment. We believe Preferreds may be a more attractive option in the fixed income sleeve of a portfolio. Fixed Rate Preferreds offered yields of 5.62%, while potentially offering better credit quality characteristics.

As central banks around the world continue to engage in monetary tightening policies, we think that discriminating amongst the sources of income in a risk-adjusted manner will become an increasingly important factor within income portfolios.

Category: Reports

Topics: Dividends, Income Strategies

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High yielding stocks are often speculative, high-risk investments. These companies can be paying out more than they can supportand may reduce their dividends or stop paying dividends at any time, which could have a material adverse effect on the stock price of these companies.

Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. High yield bonds involve greater risks of default or downgrade and are more volatile than investment grade securities, due to the speculative nature of their investments. Real estate and REIT investments are subject to changes in economic conditions, credit risk and interest rate fluctuations. Preferred stock is subject to many of the risks associated with debt securities, including interest rate risk. In addition, preferred stock may not pay a dividend, an issuer may suspend payment of dividends on preferred stock at any time, andin certain situations an issuer may call or redeem its preferred stock or convert it to common stock.