What's in the news:
Market indices are hitting all-time highs in the euphoria of a post-election Trump victory. However, talk of infrastructure spending, tax cuts and other fiscal stimulus plans, like deregulation, have also caused a sell-off in the bond market as concerns over inflation and interest rate hikes have mimicked the same euphoria. Recently Bill Gross warned investors that they should pay attention to the negatives of the President-elect’s policies. Whether or not Trump’s policies succeed in making “America Great Again”, we are still faced with potential interest rate hikes.
As bonds continue to sell off, rising crude oil prices are adding to inflationary concerns and some investors are struggling to figure out what to do with their bond holdings, especially intermediate term bonds.
What are we thinking?
Imagine that you own a large apartment complex. The value of the complex may go up or down on any given day, but either way the apartment complex provides a rental income stream which is what makes owning such an operation potentially lucrative. And a high quality apartment complex will provide different rental income than a lower quality apartment complex.
As an income investor your primary concerns are different than those of an investor looking for growth. More likely you may be wondering if you will have enough money each month for your mortgage and other bills? Will you have a steady source of cash during retirement? Will you be able to pay for unexpected healthcare costs as you get older? These are very different concerns than “will the apartment complex increase in value?” The income investor measures success by how much income they can expect, opposed to how much an investment appreciates in principal.
As interest rates are expected to continue increasing over time, we prefer shorter duration, intermediate term bonds of higher quality. About 30% of our investment grade corporate bond allocation is due to mature in 1-3 years, which may enable reinvestment at higher rates when those appear, and we use fixed to floating rate and pure floating rate preferred securities, which provide coupon payments that increase with rates. We believe this approach paired with the recent bond market selloff provides opportunities for the income investor.
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