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Fixed on Floaters?

Did you know…

The preferred securities market is up 9% since the beginning of the year.* That performance has given back somewhat in July and August as corporate spreads have widened. As the traditional preferred market pulls back slightly, we are picking up several basis points of yield in the Current Income Portfolio by incorporating a newer type of preferred security: hybrid fixed to floating rate preferreds.

As the name implies, these hybrid securities offer a fixed coupon for a specific period of time, which then begins floating at a spread determined at issuance over a specific benchmark (typically 3 month LIBOR). Fixed to floating rate preferreds are typically offered at $1,000 par values and in a rising rate environment can provide a higher dividend payment and greater price stability as the coupon will periodically reset and reflect those higher rates.


PowerShares Variable Rate Preferred Portfolio (VRP) vs.
BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index (P0P1)

(12/31/16 – 8/21/17)

Source: Bloomberg

What are we thinking?

We believe that by incorporating hybrid fixed to floating rate preferreds into CIP’s preferred security allocation, we are offering an attractive solution for income investors who are looking for conservative allocations and additional yield in this low interest rate environment. 


* Year to date performance of the BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index as of 8/21/17



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