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Diversifying fixed income
Investing beyond traditional "core" U.S. investment grade bonds into core complement and extended sectors may provide benefits, regardless of the rate and inflationary environments.
Diversification provides access to less rate-sensitive segments of the fixed income market
- Core complements such as absolute return, floating rate, convertibles and inflation-hedging strategies can help diversify core bond holdings as they are less sensitive to rising rates.
- Extended sectors also tend to be less susceptible to rising rates, and often benefit from the economic growth that may accompany them.
- High yield bonds can be an important source of income in a low rate environment and are able to better withstand rising rates because their higher coupons help offset capital losses.