High Yield: The Drawbacks of a Passive Approach

The popularity of passive investing is increasingly attracting fixed income investors. While a relatively inexpensive means to gain equity market exposure, we believe this expectation is flawed when it comes to fixed income—particularly lower-quality or less liquid credit. We assess the historical performance and potential drawbacks of passively managed high yield bond strategies.

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