Did you know…
The noise surrounding the impending interest rate hike tends to send quivers through the average investor’s boots. While the details remain uncertain, let’s take a moment to point out some of the positive implications that may come along with an interest rate hike.
- Higher Returns on Interest Income
Rising interest rates would benefit the investors whose savings have experienced years of depressed interest rates. Higher returns paid on their savings could help cover increasing living expenses, and over time investors appreciate modest increases in interest income.
- Loosening up of Credit & Boosting Economic Growth
Credit remains tight in most sectors. When interest rates increase financial institutions may be willing to part with money more freely and the incentive to loan out at higher rates could boost economic growth.
- Fundamentals Matter Again
Normalization of interest rates should bring equity market fundamentals back into focus and remove the “easy money” concept that years of monetary policy have caused.
- Inflation In-Check
The Fed has set a target core inflation rate of 2%, and throughout the year inflation has been steadily moving towards that target. Inflation at this targeted level may encourage economic growth as consumers who anticipate price increases may buy more to avoid price hikes, helping generate a healthy economy.
- Stimulating the Housing Market
The prospect of higher interest rates could motivate potential homebuyers to purchase.
- Roosevelt’s Current Income Portfolios’ Current Yield would start to rise.
Source: Bloomberg as of 11/29/16
What are we thinking?
Why play the guess when the interest rate increases game? We all know the disadvantages and pitfalls of trying to time the market.
With a goal of a creating a well-diversified, conservative portfolio with a consistent stream of enhanced income, our Current Income Portfolio is built to take advantage of a low interest rate environment as well as a rising rate environment. About 30% of our corporate bond allocation is due to mature in 1-3 years, which may enable reinvestment at higher rates when they appear and we use fixed to floating rate and pure floating rate preferred securities, which provide coupon payments that will increase in line with rates.
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