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Coupons continue to shrink on fixed-rate U.S. corporate bonds reports Fitch, with the average...

Coupons continue to shrink on fixed-rate U.S. corporate bonds reports Fitch, with the average falling to 5.6% in March, down from 5.7% at year end, and 6.1% a year ago. Investment-grade paper (LQD) came in at 3%, speculative (HYG, JNK) at 6.3%. New issuance in Q1 was $259.5B, putting 2013 on pace with 2012's record activity. Rating activity remains subdued, with downgrades affecting just 1% of issuance, upgrades 1.8%.
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