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Wall Street would love for you believe that rising interest rates are terrible for stocks and that there's nothing you can do to defend your money against higher rates… let alone profit.
That's simply not true.
Higher interest rates by themselves are not bad. In fact, they can be quite good for markets… it's the speed of the rise that's critical.
Today I want to talk about why this is an important nuance and how to identify the best companies – meaning those that can defend your money against higher rates and grow it, too!
Are Rising Rates Really Bad for Stocks?
Wall Street would have you believe that simply because it's in their interest to have you thinking that way. You'll be uncertain, caught off guard, and probably going to trade more frequently as a result (which generates hundreds of millions in commissions).
The mainstream media doesn't help matters much. This past Sunday, for example, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said that rising federal deficits could force interest rates to "spike." And that got a lot of coverage simply because the word "spike" is so dramatic.
At the same time, stronger than average jobs numbers have renewed concerns that the Fed may reduce monetary stimulus and boost rates more aggressively to compensate for growing economic strength. It's a meme being played out across the Internet and on news channels around the world.
Yet, rising rates are not the worry that you're being led to believe they are.
History shows that there have been six major periods of rising rates over the past 30 years. Five out of six times the markets rose significantly, according to Kensho, a hedge fund analytics engine, and CNBC.
And, as you can see, not just by a small amount either. All three of the major indices tacked on significant returns that varied between 23.09% and 42.95%, with positive trades occurring 83% of the time for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq, and 100% of the time for the Dow.
My research – which we've talked about many times in the past – says the same thing. But don't take my word for it.
A 2013 research report from Rob Brown of United Capital Financial Advisors found that stocks declined in only three out of 16 periods of rising interest rates since 1920 and that the average return for the S&P 500 when rates climbed the most was 16.2% – much higher than the 12% return for all periods.
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Since 1971, there have been seven periods when the Fed raised rates during which the markets actually gained an average of 19.21% the following year.
There's a good argument to be made for capital acceleration, especially when it comes to IT, consumer discretionary stocks, financials, industrials, and materials stocks.
Not surprisingly, the Kensho data agrees.
To be fair, there are six very dangerous words in play: "It could be different this time."
That's true… it could be… but probably won't be.
At least for us.
Where to Position Your Money to Profit
The key is to buy the "must-have" companies that I'm always talking about – all of which are aligned with our Unstoppable Trends – because they have the ability to protect margins.
Let me explain.
About the Author
Keith Fitz-Gerald has been the Chief Investment Strategist for the Money Morning team since 2007. He's a seasoned market analyst with decades of experience, and a highly accurate track record. Keith regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand. In addition to heading The Money Map Report, Keith runs High Velocity Profits, which aims to get in, target gains, and get out clean, and he's also the founding editor of Straight Line Profits, a service devoted to revealing the "dark side" of Wall Street... In his weekly Total Wealth, Keith has broken down his 30-plus years of success into three parts: Trends, Risk Assessment, and Tactics – meaning the exact techniques for making money. Sign up is free at totalwealthresearch.com.