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Corporate bonds provide a way to raise funds where the investors get an interest from the issuer till the issue matures, and the rate is determined by the current interest rates and the risk of issuer default. Equity investors can use such alternatives to own a different type of security, where they need to identify opportunities and market cycle to enter, and get the ones with higher yield or dividend.
One can get a steady income through it; nevertheless, it is not completely risk-free. The interest rate changes and it can hurt investors, or the company can declare bankruptcy. It provides most effective quantitative easing but in 2019, the European Central Bank issued a warning of a bubble where the global volatility could result in market dysfunctions and a number of junk status bonds were at the risk of being downgraded creating 2008 like pre-crisis situation.
Generally, a company must have some consistent earnings to offer debt securities to the public at a reasonable coupon rate. Currently, the global markets are facing threats of trade disagreement and the investment grade issues have been affected by market unpredictability, where corporate credit spreads have been widened out, equities sold and treasury and high-quality opportunities are invested to escape volatility.
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