Outlook for Credit Markets

Apollo Chief Economist

We have updated our credit market chartbook, and the conclusion is that the Fed wants to see wider spreads in both IG and HY to get inflation down. There is also a rising risk that Fed rate hikes will result in a recession, triggering additional spread widening for both IG and HY spreads.

The bottom line is that with inflation currently at 8% and the Fed’s inflation target at 2%, it is too early for markets to declare victory. Credit spreads need to go wider until we have certainty about inflation coming down to 2% and certainty that we will not have a hard landing.

Chart showing investors are now buying investment grade bonds and selling high yield bonds
Source: Bloomberg, Apollo Chief Economist. Note: Ticker used HYG US Equity and LQD US Equity.
Chart showing investment grade bond investors have a 15% drawdown
Source: Bloomberg, Apollo Chief Economist. Note: Index used LUACTRUU Index.

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