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.
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