In the world of investing, where almost no one can agree on anything, there seems to be a general consensus on at least one thing - and that's that interest rates will eventually go higher. While there's some agreement that the first interest rate hike could occur by September, the fact remains that interest rates remain at all-time lows and will need to eventually move up once the economy moves closer to full employment and the mountain of federal stimulus gets removed, allowing the economy to fully stand on its own two feet again. Janet Yellen and the Fed have already laid the groundwork for an interest rate increase as soon as later this year, so now is the time to get prepared for it.
But what's the best way to profit from rising rates? The bull market in bonds has been running for years, and income investors need to begin to think about getting defensive so that the focus can be on principal protection, while still generating an acceptable level of income.
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