Asset Class Weekly: Preferred Stock Collateral Damage

The preferred stock market has come to be seen by many investors as a refuge in post financial crisis markets. Price performance has been notably consistent and income has been relatively generous at a time when those living on fixed incomes are starving for yield. And unlike other high-yielding markets such as high-yield bonds and master limited partnerships, it has not fallen victim in recent years to sudden bouts of unsettling downside volatility. But, for those allocated to the preferred stock space, now is not the time for complacency. Preferred stocks have not been without their own past periods of extreme downside volatility. And the asset class resides worryingly close to the current wildfires now blazing in the high-yield bond market.

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