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Preferred Stocks And Baby Bonds Complete Review - May 2018

May 03, 2018 8:06 AM ETPFF, SPY, PCG, RASF, MHLD, LGCY34 Comments


  • All the preferred stocks sorted in categories.
  • How does the yield curve look?
  • What has changed over the last month?
  • Which are the dangerous preferred stocks?
  • How much are you really earning on your holdings?

Perhaps the most important thing in the past month for the fixed income investors was that the $TNX passed 3.00% for the first time since 2014. Adding the constant uptrend in the 3-month LIBOR rate, the pressure over the preferred stocks and baby bonds started to rise. Still, we do not observe any severe sell-off but the whole segment is experiencing some weakness.

TNX - CBOE 10 Year Treasury Note Yield Index ($TNX)

Source: Tradingview.com

iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF)

Source: Tradingview.com

As far as the common stock markets, despite the start of the earnings season, April was a much less volatile month, compared to the turbulent start of the year.


Source: Tradingview.com

In the following charts, we will examine where our fixed income products of interest stand currently. There are 676 issues in our database that trade on primary exchanges, excluding the convertible preferred stocks. By stock type, they are divided as follows:

  • Preferred stock - fixed rate: 368
  • Baby bond - fixed rate: 150
  • Preferred stock - fixed-to-floating: 56
  • Preferred stock - floating: 18
  • Trust preferred - fixed rate: 14
  • Preferred units - fixed rate: 14
  • Preferred units - fixed-to-floating: 11
  • Others: 45

1. Fixed Rate Preferred Stocks

1.1 Redemption Risk by Years-to-Call and Yield-to-Call:

Source: Author's database

The lower the stock, the bigger the call risk. Be careful with these.

1.2 Stocks that are below Par (stripped price) and have a Current Yield of between 5% and 8%:

Source: Author's database

It should be noted that PG&E (NYSE: PCG) suspended the dividend on its preferred stocks beginning Jan. 31, 2018. Yet their dividends are cumulative, and the reason for their suspension at this time is not the solvency of the company. At the end of the day, a suspended dividend means that

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