Why Convertibles May Make Sense in Today’s Market
A Note about Risk: Convertible securities are subject to the risks affecting both equity and fixed income securities, including market, credit, liquidity, and interest rate risk. Convertible securities tend to be more volatile than other fixed income securities, and the markets for convertible securities may be less liquid than markets for common stocks or bonds. High yield, lower-rated convertible securities carry increased risks of price volatility, illiquidity, and the possibility of default in the timely payment of interest and principal.
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Glossary of Terms
A basis point is one hundredth of one percent.
Bond floor is defined as the minimum value a specific bond, usually a convertible bond, should trade for and is derived from the discounted value of its coupons plus redemption value. The difference between the convertible bond price and its bond ﬂoor is the bond floor premium (risk premium), which is the value that the market places on the option to convert a bond to shares of the underlying stock.
Delta refers to the sensitivity of the price of a convertible bond to changes in the price of the underlying stock.
Downside capture: The downside capture ratio measures a manager’s performance in down markets relative to a particular benchmark. A down market is one in which the market’s quarterly (or monthly) return is less than zero. For example, a ratio of 50% means that the portfolio’s value fell half as much as its benchmark index during down markets.
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities.
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Convertibles Index tracks the performance of the USD-denominated convertibles market and includes all four major classes of convertible securities (i.e., cash pay bonds, zeros/OIDs, preferreds, and mandatories).
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