May 29, 2023

Top stocks to buy amid rising interest rates.

Carlos Ponce joins a protest in in Miami Springs, Florida, asking senators to continue unemployment benefits past July 31, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve has recently increased the interest rates marking the highest hike in more than 25 years. The presence of rate increases is because the Federal Reserve sees inflation as a bigger risk to the economy. Annual U.S. inflation rates reached 8.58% in May 2022 (via breaking a 40-year record. While stock market is generally dislike higher interest rates, several of the best stocks for 2022 had the potential for rising rates on the mind. Companies within this list are recommended buys amid interest rate hikes. This list’s performance is calculated on an equally weighted method.

This list has performed -5.10% over the past year. By comparison, S&P/NZX 50 Index is 1.04% over the same period. The beta of this list, which is a measure of volatility, is Moderately High at 1.19. List Beta is calculated using an equally weighted average beta of the securities within this list. This list includes 70.00% of Financials stocks, 10.00% of Consumer Cyclicals stocks, 10.00% of Industrials stocks, 10.00% of Real Estate stocks.

List performance is calculated using an equal-weight methodology. This list is generated by scanning the web and using our algorithms to surface potentially relevant securities to the topic. The list is intended to be educational and includes securities that may be suitable for a watchlist. It is not intended for investment or trading purposes. Microsoft does not recommend using the data and information provided as the basis for making any investment decision.


COST. Costco Wholesale Corporation is a global retailer with warehouse club operations in eight countries. The Company operates an international chain of membership warehouses, mainly under the Costco Wholesale name. The Company’s warehouses are designed to help small- to medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. The Company offers merchandise in various categories, which include groceries, candy, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. Members can also shop for private label Kirkland Signature products. It operates approximately 838 warehouses worldwide. It also operates self-service gasoline stations. The Company operates e-commerce websites in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

Costco Wholesale Corp. is +4.37% over the past month and -0.02% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +1.65% over the past month and -1.06% over the past year.


MS. Morgan Stanley is a global financial services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. Its Institutional Securities segment provides investment banking, sales and trading, and other services to corporations, governments, financial institutions and high net worth clients. Its Wealth Management segment provides financial services and solutions to individual investors and small-to-medium sized businesses and institutions covering: brokerage and investment advisory services; financial and wealth planning services; workplace services; annuity and insurance products; residential real estate loans and other lending products; banking; and retirement plan services. Its Investment Management segment provides a range of investment strategies and products to a diverse group of clients.

Morgan Stanley. is +8.48% over the past month and -3.06% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +5.75% over the past month and -4.10% over the past year.


ARCC. Ares Capital Corporation is a specialty finance company, which is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. Its investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. It invests primarily in United States middle-market companies. It invests primarily in first lien senior secured loans (including unitranche loans, which are loans that combine both senior and subordinated debt, generally in a first lien position), and second lien senior secured loans. In addition to senior secured loans, it also invests in subordinated debt, which in some cases includes an equity component, and preferred equity. It also may invest up to 30% of its portfolio in nonqualifying assets. Its investment activities are focused on industries such as software and services, health care services, commercial and professional services, diversified financials, and various others. Its investment adviser is Ares Capital Management LLC.

Ares Capital Corp. is +4.29% over the past month and -8.62% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +1.56% over the past month and -9.66% over the past year.


DFS. Discover Financial Services is a digital banking and payment services company. The Company is a bank holding company, as well as a financial holding company. Its segments include Digital Banking and Payment Services. Its Digital Banking segment includes consumer banking and lending products, specifically Discover-branded credit cards issued to individuals on the Discover Network and other consumer banking products and services, including private student loans, personal loans, home loans and deposit products. Its Payment Services segment includes the PULSE network (PULSE), Diners Club International (Diners Club) and its Network Partners business, which provides payment transaction processing and settlement services on the Discover Global Network. Its private student loans are primarily available to students attending eligible non-profit undergraduate and graduate schools. It also offers parent loans and certain post-graduate loans, including consolidation, bar study and residency loans.

Discover Financial Services. is +8.35% over the past month and -6.45% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +5.63% over the past month and -7.49% over the past year.


PACW. PacWest Bancorp is a bank holding company for Pacific Western Bank (the Bank). It is focused on relationship-based business banking for small, middle-market, and venture-backed businesses. It offers a range of loan and lease and deposit products and services. It provides community banking products including lending and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services. It offers national lending products including asset-based, equipment, and real estate loans and treasury management services to middle-market businesses. It provides venture banking products, including financial services focused on entrepreneurial and venture-backed businesses and their venture capital and private equity investors. Its banking products include application programming interface integration, auto books, business credit cards, and merchant services. It offers cash management, online banking, disbursement services, and international banking. It offers lockbox services and automated clearing houses.

PacWest Bancorp. is +14.84% over the past month and -42.68% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +12.11% over the past month and -43.72% over the past year.

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