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Trade of the Week: High Yield Bonds

03/13/2020 9:59 am EST

Focus: BONDS

Jay Soloff

Options Portfolio Manager, Options Floor Trader PRO

The market continues to be ultra-volatile due to serious concerns over the global economy in the wake of Coronavirus. High yield bonds (aka junk bonds) tend to sell off during times of high stress as investors move to the safety of government bonds instead. This past week, someone bought a one-week put spread in iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), an extremely popular product for trading the junk bond market. The put spread will make money next week if HYG drops below $80. The trade stands out because it was a 5,000-lot block trade with HYG at $85 - and it doesn't tend to move that much under normal circumstances.

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Jay Soloff is the Options Portfolio Manager at Investors Alley. He is the editor for Options Profit Engine, an investment advisory bringing you professional options trading strategies, with all the bells and whistles of Wall Street, but simplified so all you have to do is enter the trades with your broker.

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