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Three reasons why we prefer investment grade credit to US Treasuries
Flavio Carpenzano
Investment Director

Given the generous level of yield currently offered by US Treasuries (UST) and the relatively tight spreads within investment grade corporate credit, would it not be better to just buy UST?

For some investors, this might be the right choice. Specifically, we think investing in UST makes sense if you have a strong view the economy is heading into a deep recession. However, 2023 has taught us that recession in the US is far from a done deal, and, in fact, there is still a meaningful probability of the economy remaining resilient and continuing to avoid a recession in 2024.

In this scenario, we think IG credit provides the better opportunity. This paper outlines three reasons why we believe this is the case:

  • Historical analysis shows that during most periods, global IG corporate bonds have delivered better results than UST.
  • Credit spreads are close to their historical average, but dispersion remains elevated.
  • Global corporate bonds can provide the strategic core fixed income allocation of a portfolio as they provide income, capital preservation, and diversification from equities.

Five year rolling results of corporate bonds and US Treasuries


Source: Bloomberg. US Treasuries represented by Bloomberg US Treasuries. Global IG Corporates represented by Bloomberg Global Aggregate – Corporates USD hedged. Based on five-year rolling returns using monthly values. Data as at 22 October 2023

Flavio Carpenzano is an investment director at Capital Group. He has 18 years of industry experience and has been with Capital Group for two years. He holds a master's degree in finance and economics from Università Bocconi. Flavio is based in London.