Hi guys, this is Noel Dalmacio, your ultimate CPA at lowermytaxnow.com
The stock market may not be the right place for all of your money at all times. Here are two situations when cash accounts can be a better solution.
#1. Usually, the stock market is not a good place to invest funds you will need during the next two to three years, such as when you need to pay ongoing living expenses in retirement. In that case, your cash is better invested in money market funds, bank CDs, or bonds with maturities matched to your needs. The plan is to eliminate the risk that you’ll be taking withdrawals when the stock market is depressed.
#2. Maintain your emergency fund – three to six months of current living expenses – has only one purpose: to provide the cash you might need for unforeseen events like job loss, illness, or major unexpected repairs. These are situations when you can’t afford to wait until the market recovers to get your funds.
However, cash savings has some drawbacks like losing your purchasing power during inflation. And historically, the stock market has provided better returns over long time periods. But those returns come at the price of volatility. If you need to withdraw your savings during a market downturn, you might NOT recover your investment. Wherever you choose to invest your other savings, consider keeping some of the funds you will need in the short-term in less volatile, old-fashioned cash investments.
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