High-Yield Bond Definition

High-Yield Bond Definition

Learn the definition of high-yield bond and other ETF terminology from the etf.com glossary.

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A high-yield bond, also known as a junk bond, is a corporate bond that is rated below investment grade by credit rating agencies. These bonds are considered to be riskier than investment-grade bonds, but they also offer higher yields to compensate investors for the increased risk. High-yield bond ETFs invest in a portfolio of high-yield bonds, providing investors with a diversified exposure to this asset class. These ETFs can offer investors a higher income stream than ETFs that invest in investment-grade bonds. However, high-yield bond ETFs are also riskier than investment-grade bond ETFs. This is because high-yield bonds are more likely to default, meaning that the issuer may not be able to repay the principal or interest on the bonds.

Related Terms

Yield, Corporate Bond, Asset Allocation

ETF Glossary is etf.com’s collection of key terms and definitions related to exchange-traded funds. ETFs are investment funds that are traded on stock exchanges, and they can encompass a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, commodities and more. Given the diverse range of ETFs and the complexity of financial markets, having a clear understanding of ETF-related terminology is instrumental for investors looking to make informed decisions, manage risks effectively and navigate the evolving landscape of ETF investments.