Although our view on interest rates is low for long, we understand clients’ concerns regarding rising rates. Irrespective of the direction of interest rates, the best opportunity in the fixed income universe is in credit.
Senior floating rate loans are particularly attractive in today’s market. They offer a hedge to rising rates as their coupon floats with 90-day LIBOR; they are senior in the capital structure and are usually collateralized by assets of the issuer. Finally, they presently pay a coupon that outpaces the current level of inflation. As an asset class, these loans have historically displayed low correlations to U.S. Treasuries, investment-grade government debt, investment-grade corporate bonds and stocks.
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