Stocks ticked lower this morning as investors processed minutes from the Federal Reserve’s December meeting that showed the central bank will remain committed to higher interest rates for “some time” in its attempt to tame stubborn inflation without pushing the economy into a recession.
While all attention is focused on inflation, recession cycles come with a more substantial risk for deflation. Today we’re focusing on an investment that provides access to a part of the market (until recently, reserved exclusively for large institutions) that can help hedge a portfolio against the effects of deflation and the compression of the yield curve.
The U.S. Economy is headed for trouble…
Why are stocks absolutely soaring right now…? Yet at the same time millions of Americans are out of work… Commercial bankruptcies are piling up… Delinquent credit card debt is skyrocketing… Not to mention, we are smack in the middle of a pandemic that has all but forced our economy to a grinding halt… Something’s just not adding up. Friend, if you are confused by all of this… You are not alone… [Full Story]
Extreme over-indebtedness has been dramatically worsened by multiple rounds of fiscal stimulus in response to the global pandemic. Deflation may be the most challenging economic environment for investors. KraneShares Quadratic Deflation ETF (BNDD) is a fixed-income ETF that seeks to benefit from lower growth, deflation, lower or negative long-term interest rates, and/or a reduction in the spread between shorter and longer-term interest rates by investing in US Treasuries and options.
The BNDD portfolio is composed primarily of long-dated US treasury bonds. In addition to bonds, the portfolio includes long-only options on the shape of the US interest rate curve. As interest rates decline, the bonds should appreciate in price. The options provide exposure to the spread between interest rates at different points in time. As the curve flattens because of lower inflation expectations and/or deflation, the price of the options tends to increase.
BNDD provides a unique access point to the OTC fixed-income options market, which is typically unavailable to investors directly. The fund has the potential for enhanced returns in periods of lower growth while the options downside is limited to the market value of the options. This strategy can serve as a bond enhancement strategy and works well as a complement to other diversifying investments. Since its inception less than one year ago, BNDD has essentially matched the performance of the S&P 500 with a fraction of the risk.