PMC Tactical ETF Fixed Income Portfolio: Guarding portfolios against interest rate risks
While low interest rates helped fuel the domestic equity markets in 2013, investors this year face the threat of rising interest rates as the Federal Reserve plans to continue tapering its bond-buying program. As such, many are forecasting a rough year for bonds. Does this mean investors should steer clear of bonds in 2014? What kind of fixed income approach can investors rely on to help manage the risk in their portfolios?
The PMC Tactical ETF Fixed Income Portfolio can provide stability to returns and control risk, even in these persistent volatile markets. The dramatic changes in the bond markets and speculation around what the Fed will do next can provide a rough ride for investors to navigate with a traditional fixed income approach, given inherent increased interest rate risk. With the ability to dynamically adjust exposures and durations across a wide spectrum of fixed income sectors globally, this portfolio can serve as an investor’s core fixed income allocation in various economic environments, over both short- and long-term horizons.
Preparing for 2014 and beyond: maneuvers in the portfolio in 2013
Throughout 2013, the Tactical Fixed Income Portfolio’s sub-advisor, Innealta Capital, meaningfully reduced the duration and spread exposures of the portfolio in response to decreasing credit spread levels, and an increased likelihood of higher long-term interest rates relative to those in the shorter-term (Figure 1). Importantly, Innealta decreased portfolio duration by about 40%, which was achieved by reducing long-term exposures in favor of shorter-term and more liquid positions. These adjustments also prepared the portfolio for potential inflation pressures and the Fed’s unwinding of asset purchases, which both could add even more upward pressure to longer-term rates.
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