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High yield junk bonds do better in a slow growth economy

Junk bonds can play a useful role, as part of the riskier, stock side of your portfolio. In that context, junk bonds are fairly reliable, delivering higher income than dividend-paying stocks.

AT first glance, high-yield bond funds had a strong start to 2016 with a first-quarter gain of 2 per cent. But if you were paying closer attention, the ride was anything but smooth.

In the first six weeks of the year, the largest high-yield bond fund, BlackRock High Yield Bond, lost 4.6

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