If You Own Bonds, Buy This Fund Now

by Sam Collins | February 7, 2013 1:16 am

If You Own Bonds, Buy This Fund Now

BlackRock Floating Rate Income Strategies Fund (NYSE:FRA[1]) — This Morningstar “four-star” rated closed-end fund could provide a protective hedge for bond holders from a rise in interest rates. The fund should benefit from both a rise in income and price, while straight bond holders will see the prices of their bonds fall.

Despite the introduction of QE4 in early December, rates on the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond have increased from about 2.8% to 3.18%, and bonds have fallen in price. (See my Feb. 4 Daily Market Outlook[2] for more on this topic.)

FRA seeks high current income and preservation of capital by investing at least 80% of its assets in leveraged floating-rate debt securities. Currently, the fund pays a monthly dividend, which annualized is $0.924 (5.79% yield).   

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Endnotes:
  1. FRA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FRA
  2. Feb. 4 Daily Market Outlook: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/daily-stock-market-news-investors-fear-has-all-but-vanished/

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