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When The Best Fixed-Income Investment Is Floating-Rate Debt

Peter Tchir

In this time of uncertainty surrounding the path of interest rates, floating rate bonds can be a good way to reduce benefit from interest rate hikes, without giving up much income today. Three-month LIBOR, the benchmark rate for most FRNs, is at 2.34%, which is high, by historical standards, versus other short-term rates like three-month T-Bills. You could buy bonds of individual companies, though you then need to do the credit work.