Summary: Bond investors can often use convexity to their advantage, but it is an all-to-often overlooked tool in the volatile market arsenal. Understanding Convexity is a wonderful tool to help assess interest rate risk and to work to best position a portfolio in different rate scenarios -- like today's -- and to find pools of potential liquidity within the portfolio.
Today's market environment is a perfect use-case situation.
Today it still seems like half the market thinks rates will rise, and the other half is already planning for rates to fall. Bond investors can use convexity to their advantage by managing their bond portfolios to take advantage of anticipated changes in interest rates. As an example, and generally, if an investor anticipates rising interest rates they might choose to hold a portfolio of bonds with low convexity, while an investor who anticipates falling interest rates might choose to hold a portfolio of bonds with high convexity. Of course there are many other factors at play and to consider, the point is that convexity should be an important piece of that decision making
A Great Additional Tool To Identify Pools of Liquidity.
Convexity measures the extent to which a bond and portfolio of bonds is exposed to interest rate changes and thus is key for risk management. It’s a measure of the curvature in the relationship between bond prices and bond yields, calculating the changes in duration of a bond as interest rates change. When a bond's price is more sensitive to changes in interest rates, it is said to have higher convexity. For example, when interest rates rise, the prices of most bonds tend to fall, and the magnitude of the price decline is typically greater for bonds with higher convexity. Conversely, when interest rates fall, the prices of most bonds tend to rise, and the magnitude of the price increase is typically greater for bonds with higher convexity.
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