Corporate bonds are a good place to pick up yield in the bond market. With yields on government bonds in much of Europe and Japan in negative territory, corporate bonds offer a higher-yielding alternative.
Corporate bonds are a broad universe, though. There are investment-grade corporate bonds, junk bonds, foreign corporate bonds, hybrid corporate bonds, and floating-rate corporate bonds among other variations.
Investment-grade corporate bonds are the largest part of the corporate bond market.
How Much Do Corporate Bonds Yield Today?
We break the investment-grade corporate bond market down into three segments: short-term corporate bonds, intermediate-term corporate bonds, and long-term corporate bonds.
The tables below include yields on Bloomberg Barclay’s Corporate Bond Indices in each maturity segment as well as yields on a selection of the largest bond funds in each segment.
Some of the bond funds invest beyond strictly corporates, but they are representative of what is available in the space.
Short-term Corporate Bond Yields*
|Bloomberg Barclay’s 1-3 Yr Corporate||0.48%|
|Vanguard Short-term Investment Grade||VFSTX||0.80%|
|Vanguard Short-term Corporate Index||VSTBX||0.69%|
|PGIM Short-term Corporate Bond||PBSMX||0.23%|
Intermediate-term Corporate Bond Yields
|Bloomberg Barclay’s Int. Corporate||1.08%|
|Vanguard Intermediate-term Investment Grade||VFICX||1.43%|
|DFA Intermediate-term Extended Quality Portfolio||DFTEX||1.73%|
|Dodge & Cox Income||DODIX||1.88%|
Long-term Corporate Bond Yields
|Bloomberg Barclay’s Long-term Corporate||2.78%|
|Vanguard Long-term Investment Grade||VWESX||2.34%|
|PIMCO Long-term Credit Bond||PTCIX||2.96%|
|SPDR Barclays Long Term Corporate Bond ETF||SPLB||2.78%|
*Most recent yield available on 12/31/20
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If you are looking for corporate bond yields on junk bonds, check our junk bond yields post.