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Not all cash is alike

Use, duration and timeframe can diversify investments.

Published October 14 2022
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Question: How can investors diversify cash investments?
Steve Chiavarone: Well, as a matter of course, just philosophically, we're believers in diversification. We also understand that not all cash is alike, if you will. Right? There's different uses of cash. There's different durations of cash and there's different timeframes. So we are a big believer in investing across the short end of the yield curve, not just one specific place as an example, dependent on cash needs and your strategic goals. What I'd say is that as we think about that zero to three year point curve, there's some areas that we find attractive and there's some themes that will play through in our current thinking. And I'd say what those themes are is first off short duration. While we do think we'll hit a point at some point, maybe, over the next 12 to 18 months where you want to lengthen duration, we don't think that time is now as the market is still pricing in. I think, a Fed that's going to be a little bit more aggressive than we thought they would be even a month ago. And so we think the bias is for rates to move higher and so we prefer shorter duration assets. That's why we say that cash is king right now. That's why we particularly like the money market space and we're not afraid of credit in the money market space. So we think, prime money market funds are well positioned. In addition, though, there are opportunities to move down either from intermediate duration fixed income into the two to three year part of the curve or from that low duration two to three year part of the curve into the ultra short part of the curve. And I think the shorter the better. So when you think about ultra short funds that have the shortest duration, micro short if you will, we think that those are particularly well positioned. In addition, up in quality is the move right now. As growth is deteriorating and as we have concerns about potential recession, the further out the curve we go, the less likely we are inclined to take credit risk. So while I might be okay with credit risk in the money market space, I'm probably going to be more inclined towards either munies or govies, as I get into that ultra-short space, and certainly as I'm in that low duration space. And those are really the big themes. It's about shorter duration, higher quality, and we still think for the time being, if you can find floating rate securities that are attractively priced, that makes sense throughout that short end of the yield curve.
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Views are as of the date above and are subject to change based on market conditions and other factors. These views should not be construed as a recommendation for any specific security or sector.

Yield Curve: Graph showing the comparative yields of securities in a particular class according to maturity. Securities on the long end of the yield curve have longer maturities.

Effective Duration: A measure of a security’s price sensitivity to changes in interest rates. One of the methods of calculating the risk associated with interest rate changes on securities such as bonds.

An investment in money market funds is neither insured nor guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although some money market funds seek to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in these funds.

Variable and floating rate loans and securities generally are less sensitive to interest rate changes but may decline in value if their interest rates do not rise as much or as quickly as interest rates in general.  Conversely, variable and floating rate loans and securities generally will not increase in value as much as fixed rate debt instruments if interest rates decline.

Short-duration and ultra-short bond funds are not “money market” mutual funds. Some money market mutual funds attempt to maintain a stable net asset value through compliance with relevant Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. Ultra-short funds are not governed by those rules, and their shares will fluctuate in value.

Bond prices are sensitive to changes in interest rates, and a rise in interest rates can cause a decline in their prices.

Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss.

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