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July 29, 2022

What are Floating Rate Funds?

A floating rate fund invests in financial securities like term loans, floating short-duration corporate bonds and preferred shares that pay a floating (variable) coupon. For term loans, the coupon is based on a predetermined benchmark such as the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), or the new Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR). Additionally, a spread is added to the reference rate based on the issuer’s creditworthiness and current market conditions. 

When to consider floating rate funds

The best time to invest in floating rate strategies is in stable and rising rate environments. Compared to conventional fixed income securities, a floating rate fund is less vulnerable to rising interest rates. Typically, loans are high-yield rated investments that have a short duration profile, providing a higher level of income that makes them less sensitive to changes in interest rates.

Why should you consider a floating rate fund?

When it comes to why you should consider investing in a floating rate income fund, there are many potential benefits, including:

  • Protection in rising interest rates environment. Due to it's coupon resetting mechanism and short duration profile, floating rate loans help protect in an inflationary and rising interest rate environment. If inflation continues to surprise markets to the upside - increasing expectations of interest rate hikes - that may lead to loans and other floating rate securities outperforming core fixed income asset classes (government bonds and investment grade bonds).
  • Lower volatility. Due to it's low duration profile, a floating rate income fund can deliver lower volatility relative to other credit asset classes like investment grade corporate bonds and high yield corporate bonds.
  • Increase portfolio diversification. Floating rate loans have a low correlation to the traditional bond market, which can act as a complement and diversifier to an existing credit portfolio.

Is a floating rate fund right for you?

If you’re thinking about adding a floating rate fund to your portfolio, consider its benefits in inflationary and rising interest rate environments. With a low correlation to traditional bonds, a floating rate fund is a simple way to add diversification and protect against easing rates.

CI Floating Rate Income Fund gives you the option to choose your preferred method of incorporating a floating rate strategy into your portfolio, through a mutual fund or ETF (TSX: CFRT).  It’s protection and portfolio diversification, all in one fund. Learn more about CI Floating Rate Income Fund and how it can fit in your portfolio.



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