BY KRISTIN HOVENCAMP
In 1966, humorist Jean Shepard wrote the book, “In God We Trust, All Else Pay Cash.” Meant as a play on words, it still rings true. Whether it be for purposes of holding reserve funds or a liquidity event, investors have cash balances for a variety of reasons. But what if your money is worth less today than it was yesterday? Conservative fixed-income mutual funds, or Money Market Funds (MMF), are a consideration in a rising interest rate environment as a cash alternative.
For investors seeking to generate income from cash, MMF offers the following:
- Safety and Stability – Investments held in MMFs may have minimal price volatility, high credit quality, and low levels of risk. MMFs can also help offset the volatility of bonds and equities. The FDIC does not insure MMF.
- Liquidity – Assets are commonly available the following business day. It is good to remember that MMF can impose redemption fees or suspend an investor’s ability to sell their shares when selecting the fund(s) that meet your investment objectives.
- Shorter Duration – MMFs are subject to less interest rate risk due to the types of debt instruments and their short-maturity dates. MMF buys securities that mature within one year. However, there is no guarantee that the fund’s return will keep up with the inflation rate.
- Diversification – MMFs hold many different debt securities from various issuers. Conduct due diligence on managers, fund objectives, and underlying securities.
- Taxable or Tax-Free Income – MMFs can invest in securities exempt from federal and, in some cases, state income taxes.
- Yield – MMFs can offer incremental yield in comparison to bank savings accounts. Debt-based securities commonly held in MMF are government securities, short-term treasury securities, taxable and tax-exempt municipal paper, commercial paper, Repurchase Agreements, and Certificates of Deposit (CD).
For investors who are seeking preservation of capital while taking on minimal risk in exchange for a modest return on cash balances, MMFs could be the right strategy to include in your investment portfolio.
Kristin Hovencamp is an Investment Executive at RJFS, and Director of Business Development with HAZLETT WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC, which is independent of Raymond James and is not a registered broker/dealer. Investment advisory services are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. No investing strategy, including rebalancing or dollar cost averaging, can guarantee your objectives will be met. 675 Sun Valley Road Ketchum, Idaho, 208.726.0605. HazlettWealthManagement.com