Investing in a Rising Rate Environment

11/09/2016 9:00 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

Nancy Zambell

Editor, Wall Street's Best Investments and Wall Street's Best Dividend Stocks

Market gurus have been looking for additional rate boosts by the Federal Reserve. It’s just a matter of time. Of course, what all investors want to know is this: What effect will rising rates have on my portfolio? notes Nancy Zambell, editor of Wall Street Best Dividend Stocks.

First of all, don’t panic! Although GDP is finally on the rise, coming in at 2.9% for the third quarter, we are far from entering an inflationary period.

Unemployment continues to improve, but consumer spending and confidence remain at laggard paces.

Consequently, while I do believe the Fed will begin raising interest rates around the first of the year, I do not see them embarking upon a fast-and-furious schedule of rate hikes. And a slow, but steady pattern of rate increases—historically—don’t tend to rattle the markets.

Since 1983, according Allianz Global Investors, the S&P 500 has gained an average of 9.9% during rate hike cycles. And especially with rates under control and no inflation in sight, there’s no reason to believe that the historical pattern won’t hold.

In general, businesses that have reasonable debt levels and plenty of cash stand to prosper as rates increase. Industries that should see increased investor interest include defensive sectors, large technology companies, and financials.

Investors may want to avoid companies heavily dependent on debt, as defaults, eventually, will rise. As well, speculative ideas may be very volatile and risky.

Here are a couple of stocks that look interesting to me as we await our next rate hike.

GasLog Ltd. (GLOG) provide maritime services for the transportation of liquefied natural gas.

The company is currently trading at a forward P/E ratio of 24.92, pays a dividend of 3.73%, and carries an average analyst rating of 1.9 (Buy). Analysts expect triple-digit growth in the next five years from GLOG.

Northstar Asset Management Group (NSAM) is an asset management company with a forward P/E of 31.35.

The company has a current dividend yield of 4.38%, and an analyst rating of 1.5 (Buy). NSAM is forecast for double-digit growth in the next few years.

As always, before purchasing any stock, please make sure you review your portfolio strategy to determine if the equities are a good fit for your investment goals.

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By Nancy Zambell, Editor of Wall Street Best Dividend Stocks

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