Rising rate protection is still a potential diversifier

7 min read 8 Dec 22

  • Floating rate notes (FRNs) can potentially benefit from further increases in central bank interest rates due to their
    variable coupons, or regular interest rate payments, while protecting investors’ capital, in our view.
  • Credit spreads – the difference between government and corporate bond yields, measuring investors’ appetite for
    risk – appear to be pricing in a hard landing despite consensus expectations of mild recessions in major economies;
    we believe this creates potential for higher prospective returns.
  • Active management can help to mitigate portfolio risks in a recessionary environment, by reducing or avoiding
    exposure to cyclical sectors and distressed issuers.
By M&G Wholesale Public Fixed Income team

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