As we look ahead to 2018 and the specter of four 25-basis-point1 US interest rate hikes, there could be risks to those holding long-term or intermediate bonds. The rule of thumb to determine the potential loss as a result of rate increases is to multiply the expected interest rate change by the product’s duration.2 As an example, if a fixed income portfolio or product has a duration of 6 years and the yield curve3 shifts higher by 1%, the portfolio could decline in value by 6%. Given that yields found in many fixed income products are less than 6%, the effect of increasing interest rates has thepotential to be quite severe.

Helping to Manage Rate Sensitivity
Many investors carefully decrease their interest rate sensitivity when the probability of meaningful interest rate increases is ahead of us. There are a variety of ways investors can work to mitigate the effects of rising rates, and many of them focus on a change in fixed income asset composition. Building cash positions, increasing allocations to less interest rate sensitive bonds such as non-investment grade credit, adding more short duration fixed income assets, or outright reallocation from longer duration products into shorter duration products all have the potential to help reduce a portfolio’s overall interest rate sensitivity. Of these, the most direct and effective action may be outright reallocation – but every investor has different goals and considerations.

An Active Approach to Fixed Income
The Natixis Loomis Sayles Short Duration Income ETF (LSST) is a US domiciled ETF managed by Loomis Sayles and their well-regarded relative return fixed income team. LSST is an active ETF whereby the management team allocates to various fixed income asset classes depending on their view of risk-adjusted relative value. The team's philosophy is to reduce risk when market compensation is low and take risk when compensation is high. This philosophy may resonate with investors looking for an active approach with a stable duration profile in a changing interest rate environment.

1. A basis point is equivalent to one hundredth of one percent.
2. Duration is an approximate measure of a bond’s price sensitivity to changes in interest rates.
3. The term yield curve refers to the yield of fixed interest securities compared against the length of time they have until maturity.

 


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