Corporate bonds are in high demand. Investors are practically trampling one another to buy them. One measure of the appetite for these bonds is the “spread,” or difference in bond yields between corporate bonds (often seen as somewhat risky) and 10-year Treasury notes (one of the safest investments).
The spread has narrowed to rates not seen since July 2007 — before the financial crisis — according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
It’s a sign that companies are borrowing a lot of money, and that investors don’t view corporate debt as particularly risky right now. The spread is 125 basis points. That means investors only want an extra 1.25% when they buy corporate debt versus plain vanilla U.S. government debt.
Companies are taking advantage of this.