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High Yield Market Statistics

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Annual Return

£ High Yield Corporate Bonds

30 Dec 2000 to 30 Dec 2019

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Average Default Loss Rate

Western European High Yield Market

30 Dec 2018 to 30 Dec 2019

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€508 B

Market Size

Western European High Yield Market

as of 30 Dec 2019

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Source: Bloomberg and Credit Suisse.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. You should not rely on past performance as a guarantee of future investment performance.

Historical Returns of UK Equities and High Yield bonds

This chart plots the returns of key indices used by the industry to assess the performance of equities, investment grade corporate bonds, and high yield corporate bonds.

High yield corporate bonds have outperformed UK equities and investment grade bonds over the last 20 years both in terms of returns and price volatility.

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Source: Bloomberg and ICE Data Services. Data as of 15 Jan 2020.

Comparing returns of P2P with High Yield Corporate Bonds

Investors familiar with P2P but new to corporate bonds often ask - how do the returns from lending to household names (e.g. Virgin Media) stack up to the returns available from lending via P2P sites?

Using data from the leading P2P performance verification service Brismo (AltFi Data) and asset class returns from Bloomberg and ICE Data Services, we find that high yield corporate bonds have consistently outperformed the P2P platform average.

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Source: Brismo (AltFi Data), Bloomberg and ICE Data Services.
Data as of 15 Jan 2020.

Historical Default and Default Loss Rates

The 12 Months Default Rate measures the proportion of companies that failed to repay their bonds in the last 12 months. The lower the rate the better, and it has been in the range of 0.3-1.4% between July 2015 and Dec 2019.

Many bonds are secured, meaning they are backed by assets, which, in the event of default, will be sold to recover funds for bond holders.

The 12 Months Default Loss Rate measures the amount lost after the sale of assets to recover funds for bondholders. Between July 2015 and Dec 2019 corporate bondholders lost between 0.23% and 1% due to defaults.

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Source: Credit Suisse. Data as of 15 Jan 2020

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European High Yield Corporate Bond Market

The European High Yield Corporate Bond Market is a large, well established, asset class which continues to develop with the market value of outstanding bonds growing from €108 billion in 2009 to €508 billion in 2019.

Source: Credit Suisse. Data as of 15 Jan 2020

UK Pension Fund Asset Allocation 2018

With strong historical returns and low default loss rates, bonds have become increasingly sought-after among pension funds.

In 2018 UK Pension Funds allocated 53% of their portfolios to bonds, topping equities at 32% to make bonds their favorite asset class.