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Braving the unknown: high yield debt

Option-adjusted spreads for US high yield are above 700 basis points, a stress event threshold only breached four other times in the last two decades.  Mercer's Nathan Struemph examines the considerations for investors looking at these investments including the range of return outcomes in prior stress events, the path investors had to experience in reaching those outcomes, and the impact of implementation timeliness on returns.