Cash May Not Be King Much Longer

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Cash May Not Be King Much Longer

February 2024  | For most of the last year, savers have been earning a reasonable return in cash. But how long can these compelling cash rates last? Historically, the answer has been: not very long. In every rate hike cycle since the 1970s, the US Federal Reserve has "paused at the peak" federal funds rate for a matter of months, not years, and history suggests the rate cuts could begin soon. Furthermore, once the Fed starts cutting its policy rate, cash rates could move hundreds of basis points lower in a very short period of time. We believe rotating from cash into short-term bonds can help investors reduce this reinvestment risk without taking on the full price volatility inherent in longer-duration fixed income exposures.

01 |  With yields on cash currently elevated, we appreciate why cash allocations have swelled.  However, as the Federal Reserve considers pivoting its stance, so too should investors.

02 |  Against the interest rate risk inherent in most fixed income securities, investors should consider the reinvestment risk inherent in cash.

03 |  Shifting exposure from cash to short-term bonds may allow investors to "lock in" much of today's elevated income levels while also positioning their portfolios for price upside.

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