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Corporate Bond Premiums Recover to Pre-Lehman Levels

The market's faith in corporate creditworthiness has rebounded in the year since Lehman's collapse.


Corporate bond yield premiums--the yield difference between the Morningstar Corporate Bond Index and US Treasury Index--have retreated to approximately 1% below the premium at the time of the Lehman bankruptcy filing, and 3.75% below the December 2008 peak. Yield premium can be used as a measure of the market's broad view of investment-grade corporate credit-worthiness.

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