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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  How to safeguard your fixed-income portfolio? Here are key tips

How to safeguard your fixed-income portfolio? Here are key tips

To succeed in fixed-income investing, investors need to evaluate portfolio resilience and manage interest rate risks. Diversification, laddering, and monitoring market conditions are key strategies to navigate uncertainties and achieve long-term financial goals.

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Tips for Safeguarding Your Fixed-Income Portfolio

In the world of investing, particularly in fixed-income securities like bonds, the ability to weather storms and uncertainties is paramount. With the ever-changing economic landscape, investors need to assess their portfolio's resilience and effectively manage interest rate risks to safeguard their investments. Let's explore some practical strategies for doing just that.

Portfolio resilience simply put, it's the ability of your investment portfolio to withstand unexpected market shocks without suffering significant losses. Assessing portfolio resilience involves looking at various factors such as diversification, liquidity, and risk exposure.

Diversification is key. Spreading your investments across different asset classes, sectors, and geographies can help mitigate risks. In the fixed-income space, this means not putting all your eggs in one basket. Consider allocating your funds across a mix of government bonds, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, and perhaps even some high-quality dividend-paying stocks. By diversifying, you reduce the impact of adverse events affecting any single investment.

Next, let's talk about managing interest rate risk. Interest rates and bond prices have an inverse relationship. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall, and vice versa. Therefore, it's crucial to be mindful of interest rate movements and their potential impact on your fixed-income portfolio.

One way to manage interest rate risk is through a technique called “laddering". This involves investing in bonds with staggered maturities. By spreading out the maturity dates, you can minimise the impact of interest rate fluctuations. For example, if interest rates rise, only a portion of your portfolio will be affected, while the rest will continue to earn interest at higher rates as bonds mature and can be reinvested.

Another strategy is to consider bonds with embedded options, such as callable or putable bonds. Callable bonds give the issuer the right to redeem the bond before maturity, while putable bonds give the investor the right to sell the bond back to the issuer at a predetermined price. These options can provide some protection against interest rate changes, although they may come with trade-offs in terms of yield.

Furthermore, actively monitoring and periodically rebalancing your portfolio is essential. Economic conditions and market dynamics evolve over time, so what may have been a resilient portfolio yesterday may not be as robust tomorrow. Regularly review your asset allocation, risk tolerance, and investment objectives, and make adjustments as needed to stay on course.

In conclusion, assessing portfolio resilience and managing interest rate risk are critical components of successful fixed-income investing. By diversifying your portfolio, employing strategies like laddering, and staying vigilant in monitoring market conditions, you can better position yourself to weather uncertainties and achieve your long-term financial goals.

Nitasha Shankar, Head Equity Strategy, YES Securities India Limited

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Published: 28 May 2024, 11:39 AM IST
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