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When interest rates increase, it causes EPD's borrowing cost to increase, which hurt profits margins. The interest rate that EPD pays on their debt would also be a problem in a rising interest rate environment. It also makes other stocks more appealing, because if rates rise close to EPD's dividend rate, investors will sell EPD's stock in search of better returns elsewhere. Organic growth of EPD's business could offset these risks, because the stock would participate in upswings in the stock market. …