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Decoding US Interest Rates

We’re seeing more promising signals in the economic and employment picture that may heat up the Fed’s outlook on raising short-term interest rates. We still think this will be a gradual process, but it means this is a great time to make sure bond portfolios are positioned effectively.

Rising Rates: Time to Position, Not Panic

In our view, it will likely take several years for rates to rise back to "normal" levels. We think this is a good time for investors to re-fit their bond portfolios to be less sensitive to US rates. There are several ways investors can do this.

AllianceBernstein's Doug Peebles, Fixed Income CIO, discusses active-management opportunities in a rising-rate environment in an interview on The Street.


Weather Rising Interest Rates

The first step in re-fitting your bond portfolio is understanding that not all bonds are created equal. Different segments of the bond universe have different sensitivities, or betas, to interest rate movements.

Re-fitting Your Fixed Income Strategy

Heres a brief look at strategies that we think can help bond portfolios weather a rising-rate environment.

Explore Our Fixed-Income Solutions

AllianceBernsteins mutual funds offer investors exposure to strategies that may reduce vulnerability to rising interest rates.

  Global Credit Inflation
Tax-Exempt Unconstrained
AB Global Bond (ANAGX)
AB High Income (AGDAX)
AB Ltd Dur High Income (ALHAX)
AB Unconstrained Bond (AGSAX)
AB Bond Inflation (ABNAX)    
AB Tax-Aware Fixed Income (ATTAX)  
AB Muni High Income (ABTHX)  
AB Muni National Income (ALTHX)  
AB Muni Intermediate (AIDAX)  
AB Muni Bond Inflation (AUNAX)    
The “THX” Muni Strategy  
As of December 31, 2013
Source: AllianceBernstein