Why would I invest in fixed income securities such as government bonds?
Bonds give returns in the form of a coupon which is recorded at the time of issuing. The more reliable the buyer of the bond and the shorter the term, the higher returns you can expect. The increasing interest rate will also affect the state bond: the more this rises, the less return you will receive. When you look at the European reference in the form of the German ten year interest rate, this rose from 0.3% to 2% in the last 5 years. This will result in a reduction of the bond portfolio and will soon be resulting in a negative 7% compared to the 4% of recent years.
What does that mean in concrete terms? The defensive investor will have less faith in the government bond and will either opt for short-term forms and only keep 20% in the portfolio, or will move across to alternative investments.