Whether you like it or not, the next recession is on its way. The big question is how long until it arrives. Most estimates range from 6-24 months, but most agree we are coming to the close of a very productive economic and market cycle. So what is the best way to prepare your and client’s portfolios for a downturn? The answer may be unconstrained bond funds, such as the Loomis Sayles Bond fund. Unconstrained bond funds, which can invest in any type of fixed income instrument in any geography, have done quite well this year compared to other areas of fixed income. Some funds are focusing much more on shorter term corporate credit, rather than rates, to greatly lower their interest rate risk.
FINSUM: Unconstrained bond funds seem like a good way to get some solid yields while also protecting against big losses. We think short-term Treasuries and investment grade are good choices, but are wary of longer-term sovereign bonds and junk bonds right now.