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High-yield credit spreads spike 'could signal recession'

Jan 01, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

A SURGE in high-yield credit spreads to a two-year high has sparked fears that the market for risky debt is seizing up as central banks push up borrowing costs.

Junk bonds plunged in December amid concerns of a global slowdown and tightening financial conditions. The spread between high-yield bonds and Treasury yields has also widened as the recent oil price slump hit producers, which are often funded by issuing junk bonds.

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