Money Managers Now Leaning to Bonds

Includes: COY, HYG
by: James Picerno

What are professional money managers thinking these days? A new poll by Russell Investments offers an answer. Among the highlights:

•67% of managers are now bullish on corporate bonds
•61% are bullish on high-yield bonds

In both cases, the percentages are a bit higher compared with the previous poll from last December. "In this environment of caution and realism, managers are finding opportunity in spreads between high-quality corporate bonds and Treasuries that are at historic levels," Erik Ristuben, Russell's chief investment officer, says in the accompanying press release. Expectations for junk bonds are also higher from late last year.

U.S. equities, on the other hand, have fallen in the eyes of managers. Value and small-cap equities suffer the most in terms of the current outlook, according to the Russell survey. Here's an overview of how the changes in expectations for the various asset classes stack up: