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Trump ‘Not Happy’ About Rates, Floating Rate Investors Are

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

In a recent interview with CNBC, U.S. President Donald Trump unsurprisingly made his discontent known, saying he's "not happy" about the Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy moves to raise interest rates.

In typical Trump fashion, the president voiced his displeasure via Twitter, saying that the U.S. "should not be penalized because we are doing so well."

....The United States should not be penalized because we are doing so well. Tightening now hurts all that we have done. The U.S. should be allowed to recapture what was lost due to illegal currency manipulation and BAD Trade Deals. Debt coming due & we are raising rates - Really?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2018

President Trump's comments also stem from concern that a rising dollar in conjunction with rising rates will discourage investment from abroad.  Looking at the U.S. Dollar Index Chart, the greenback has been gaining strength, particularly within the past few months where it has ticked above its 50-day simple moving average.

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Furthermore, he expressed his concern to CNBC that rising rates will be the steroidal injection that causes the dollar to gain so much strength, placing the U.S. at a "disadvantage" when other central banks like Europe and Japan are keeping rates low.

Floating Rate Investors Rejoice

While rising rates may not conjure up thoughts of excitement for President Trump, fixed-income investors allocating their capital into ETFs that feature a floating rate component are rejoicing. With every short-term rate adjustment that the Federal Reserve decides to incorporate, the yields on debt issues that feature a floating rate effectively hedge against these rate spikes.

One such ETF is the iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (FLOT) that tracks the investment results of the Bloomberg Barclays US Floating Rate Note < 5 Years Index. FLOT focuses on investment-grade floating rate notes that track the underlying index, which has been on an upward trajectory year-to-date.

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Based on performance provided by Yahoo! Finance, FLOT has generated trailing returns of 1.18% year-to-date, 1.90% the past year and 1.44% the past three years. Versus similar benchmarks in its category, FLOT is outperforming its peers by 10.28% year-to-date and 68.14% the past year.

Speaking about similar funds like  BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund (FRA) and Eaton Vance Floating Rate Income Fund (EFT) , BNK Invest chief investment strategist Brett Owens was quick to point out the benefits of floating rate ETFs.

"These funds barely blink when stocks plummet, and they even hold steady when rates plummet," said Owens. "Their secret? They buy corporate bonds. These issues have higher yields and more flexibility than, say, U.S Treasuries. As rates move higher, these money managers aren’t left with has-been pieces of paper."

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