Presented below is a summary of the 26 bond recommendations that we have made to our clients over the last 12 months, from June 2013 through May 2014. The yields shown below are when these securities were added to our FX1,FX2, and/or FX3 Fixed Income portfolios, and they average 9.81%.
Nineteen of these global corporate debt instruments were Yankee bonds (foreign corporation debt denominated in US dollars), with nine in other currencies, including Canadian dollars, Swedish krona, Brazilian real, and Russian rubles.
Each summary that follows lists the issuer, coupon rate, maturity, credit rating, the yields obtained at the time of acquisition, the portfolio (FX1, F2, or FX3) each was added to, as well as the business sector and a brief recap of the reason for its selection. Many of the companies hold prominent or even dominant positions within their respective countries. It is not uncommon, however, to find credit ratings that are constrained by a national sovereign credit rating.
- 19 US dollar debt additions, averaging 10.25% yield, were made to FX1.
- 26 mixed currency debt additions, averaging 9.81% yield, were made to FX2.
- 7 foreign currency debt additions, averaging 8.61% yield, were made to FX3.
The bonds in the portfolios have an average outstanding maturity of under 40 months (3 years, 4 months) at an overall indicated average net yield of 9.81%. More »
This week we look at a lesser known preferred stock issued by SandRidge Energy (SD) for our fixed income clients which is currently indicating an annual yield that is over 8.25%. With this instrument’s convertibility feature allowing for the possibility of adding even greater long term capital gains into its total return potential, our investigation into the recently improved operations of this company leads us to believe that this may be a rare and unusual opportunity to achieve higher US dollar dividend yields in the very profitable energy sector. Although this selection is not specifically targeted for addition to our FX1, FX2 or FX3 Fixed Income portfolios, we see its 8.5% qualified (lower tax rate) dividend as an extra bonus on top of a cash payout already high enough to be an easily welcomed addition in most fixed incomers stable of investments. Therefore we are identifying these SandRidge Preferred Securities as a Special Opportunity Buy.
Each week we strive to find what we believe are currently the best corporate bonds for investors needing or seeking good cash flow and high yields with the least amount of risk possible relative to the projected returns. This week, we look at short 3¼ year Yankee bonds (in US dollars) from Camposol, the leading agro industrial company in Peru, the largest exporter of asparagus in the world, and soon to be the leading producer of avocados in the planet. Although the approximately 8.45% yields currently indicated with this bond only carries a B rating from Standard & Poor’s, the following review shows why we see these 39 month high yield notes are a good choice to both increase cash flow and preserve capital. We also believe this debt instrument offers sound diversification away from the financial services sector of the global economy. Consequently, we think these bonds are a savvy choice for two of our high yield managed income portfolios, Fixed-Income1.com and Fixed-Income2.com. More »