Bond issuance from investment-grade companies has reached $109B so far this month, a record for...

|By:, SA News Editor

Bond issuance from investment-grade companies has reached $109B so far this month, a record for November. Disney (DIS), Murphy Oil (MUR) and six others are the latest to take advantage of low rates and high demand, selling $10.15B worth of debt yesterday. Murphy is an example of a company that raises debt to fund buybacks and/or dividend payouts ahead of an expected hike in dividend taxes next year.