Know that interest rates will probably rise

Many experts will tell you that today’s rock-bottom interest rates will probably rise. At least a bit. If they do, two areas can challenge investors: bond duration and adjustable-rate loans.

“You’ll want to switch to shorter-duration bonds,” says David Fleisher, CEO at Firstrust Financial Resources in Philadelphia. He explains that they’re generally less sensitive to rising or falling interest rates than those with longer durations. And, if you hold a mortgage or other loan with an adjustable rate, you can expect your costs to rise.

If rates do go up, take heart. “It’s because economic growth is on the right track, unemployment is low and the economy is on the path to a solid recovery,” says Omar Aguilar, chief investment officer of equities at Charles Schwab in San Francisco. “I think the markets will respond very positively.”

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