Since the crisis, borrowers with middling to poor credit have been all but abandoned by mainstream lenders. Yet the $1.1 bln sale of prepaid card provider NetSpend, which caters to them, values the company at 17.5 times expected earnings. It’s a sweet spot that now eludes banks.
What’s a bond investor to do when safe government yields range from negligible up to low? For now, the solution appears to be buying corporate debt. That means being exposed to a slowing economy, and could end badly if central banks withdraw their largesse. But the good times probably won’t end soon.