Corporate bond bubble fears are overdone: Analyst

Don't see bubble in corporate bonds: pro
Don't see bubble in corporate bonds: Pro   

Fears that corporate bonds have entered a bubble are overplayed, a fixed-income manager said on Tuesday.

"I don't personally believe we're in a corporate bond bubble," Stephen Smith, managing director and portfolio manager at Brandywine Global, told CNBC's "Power Lunch."

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On Tuesday, pharmaceutical company Actavis launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest ever, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR. Exxon Mobil planned to sell $7 billion in corporate bonds on Tuesday.

The issuance volume has raised concerns of a bubble.

Smith, who runs the Legg Mason Brandywine Global Fixed Income Fund, attributed that to "where you are in the business cycle."

The United States is still in a recovery, he said. Smith contended that an expensive corporate bond environment will linger until the Federal Reserve starts to hike interest rates from near-zero levels.

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While he doesn't feel that a bond bubble exists, Smith finds bonds outside the U.S. more appealing than domestic plays. Countries including Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia currently have "attractive interest rates," he said.

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—Reuters contributed to this report.