|Source: Capital Pixel|
We looked at a set of data showing that, on average, selling IEF (a 7 - 10 Treasury ETF) and buying HYG ( a high yield ETF) resulted in a take out of $10.42.
Today HYG is $87.26 and IEF is $104.43 for a take out of $17.17! In other words, HYG is much cheaper relative to IEF than it has been on average.
This can also be expressed in terms of yield. At $87.26, HYG is yielding 7.97%; and, at $104.43, IEF is yielding 2.69%. The pickup in yield by moving IEF to HYG is, therefore, 5.28% (7.97 - 2.69).
Hopefully, this gives some insights into how bond traders shift among sectors of the bond market. My plan is to revisit this trade in a couple of months to see how it works out!
Disclosure: The information here is for educational purposes. I hold HYG and IEF in client accounts.