Pros and Cons of Floating-Rate Mutual Funds

Floating-rate funds are type of mutual fund that invests in floating-rate loans. Here are some of the pros and cons of putting your money into a floating-rate mutual fund.

Pros

One of the advantages of this type of investment is that you can generate decent returns. These funds tend to provide better returns than traditional fixed-income investments. If you are in a market where interest rates are rising, you can take advantage of the situation by investing in floating-rate mutual funds.

Another advantage of putting money into this type of fund is that they are diversified. The mutual funds will invest in a variety of loans which will help lower the overall risk of the portfolio.

Cons

One of the disadvantages of investing in this type of mutual fund is that they can be risky. These are considered to have junk status because the companies that typically get floating-rate loans are generally companies that have poor credit. Otherwise, they would get a more stable fixed rate loan. 

This type of fund also requires a good fund manager in order to make a nice profit. If you choose a fund with an inexperienced fund manager, it could end up causing you to lose money on the investment.

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