Defensive securities

Defensive securities

Low-risk stocks or bonds that will provide a predictable and safe return on an investor's money.

Defensive Securities

Low-risk securities, especially stocks in companies relatively unaffected by business cycles. In times of market downturn, investors tend to seek defensive securities to provide a steady rate of return, or at least to lose less money than the market as a whole. Examples include stocks in utility companies and the health care industry.
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The Trust has invested in defensive securities such as principal-only strips (POs), asset-backed securities and Treasuries, which perform well in a falling interest rate environment.