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Cash Alternatives in a Low Yield Environment
It seems as though we’ve been discussing the impact of very low interest rates on investors for many years now and the reality is we have – since at least 2009. Once again, market observers are opining about the possibility of the Federal Reserve increasing short-term rates next year. We’ve heard those calls before in the past few years, but each time conditions changed (or didn’t improve as expected) and as a result, short-term interest rates have remained extremely low for an extended period. Many investors with short-term reserves continue to face the challenge of earning higher returns than money market yields. What are the potential trade-offs for investors seeking higher returns?