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Fixed-Income Insights

Lord Abbett Partner and Portfolio Manager Andy O’Brien discusses the effects rising rates could have on the housing market and the role fixed-income should play in your portfolio.


Hi this is Andy O'Brien. I'm a partner and portfolio manager in Lord Abbett’s taxable fixed income group where I focus on investment grade corporates.

Title: Effects of Rising Rates on the Housing Market

We’ve seen a very robust housing market, partly driven by low rates, but partly driven by people wanting to make longer term lifestyle changes, live in a different place, or have more room in their home. Figuring out how much rising rates will slow that down, I think, will be key question. So a lot of knock on effects from housing. You buy a house, you tend to buy a lot of other things that are very stimulated to the economy. And so having the housing market continue to be robust, I think, will be a key part of growth remaining durable.

Our view is that the changes people want to make are going to be durable and people will not be deterred by another quarter point or half point on their mortgage. But watching that and seeing how that develops will be another thing to pay attention to in the fall and winter.

Title: The Role Fixed Income Should Play in Your Portfolio

This is a good environment in which to pay attention to the role that fixed incomes play in your portfolio. If you've got a portfolio where the fixed income is offsetting large allocation to equities, then a core bond allocation where you've got a lot of duration, a lot of things that will do well if your equities are struggling, that might be reasonable. If on the other hand, you've got an income oriented portfolio, where the fixed income is a large part of it, making sure that you're in the right parts of fixed income, things that have an orientation towards credit, will likely do well in a strong growth, rising rate environment that's something that that's going to hold up better than a classic core bond portfolio that.

We tend to struggle as rates rise so thinking about what are you doing with fixed income you're in your portfolio and is the fixed income that you have the right kind of fixed income for the role you're trying to get it to play.


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