Michael Kirkpatrick

Michael Kirkpatrick
Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager
Seix Investment Advisors LLC                                  

In an interview with Virtus’ Head of Distribution, Barry Mandinach, Michael Kirkpatrick, Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Seix Investment Advisors, discusses his solid fundamental outlook for high yield and the potential benefits of investing in the asset class.

Highlights include:

  • Current credit quality breakdown of the asset class
  • Diversification benefits of investing in high yield
  • Current spread levels
  • Historical performance of high yield in inflationary and rising rate environments
  • Interest rate outlook
  • When high yield may be expected to underperform

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