Monday, September 14, 2015
In late March, we called it "one of the best assets to hold in uncertain markets" in our DailyWealth Trader service...
The title has since proven its merit.
The asset's value has climbed 6% relative to U.S. stocks... and 10% relative to European stocks. Its value has risen 8% relative to gold... and 14% relative to silver. Its value even climbed close to 1% compared with 10-year U.S. government bonds, which are considered some of the safest assets in the world.
How has this asset performed in U.S. dollars?
Well... it is the U.S. dollar. The asset is cash.
Stocks have fallen hard over the last month. If you had most of your assets in stocks, it was probably hard to stomach. Gold and silver have declined, too, but more gradually. At the same time, the value of your cash has climbed...
Think about it this way... When an asset falls, it isn't just a bear market in that asset... It's also a bull market in cash. It's an increase in the amount of assets you can afford.
If stocks drop 10%, maybe you can buy 100 extra shares of one of the world's best companies... And you can buy those shares at a better price. If silver drops 20%, maybe you can buy 100 extra one-ounce coins.
This is an important idea to keep in mind today...
Global financial markets have broken their primary trends... and are now struggling. And we're likely in for more volatility in the weeks and months ahead. So holding more cash might let you sleep better at night.
It allows you to weather shocks to financial markets... and to pick up good deals when they appear.
In our March 26 DailyWealth Trader issue, we explained that lots of folks object to this idea:
When there aren't lots of great, low-risk investment ideas out there, the best idea may be to invest in cash...
Keep in mind, we're not saying you should sell everything you own. For lots of folks, holding 10%-20% of their investable assets in cash is a good amount most of the time. During less certain markets, even 30%-40% could be appropriate.
Hold however much cash makes you comfortable. If you're extremely nervous about stocks, hold more cash. Nerves lead to bad trading decisions... So you'll be better off. If you're confident that stocks are headed higher, hold less cash... But still hold some.
We always encourage readers to use intelligent asset allocation as part of an inclusive "catastrophe-prevention plan." Holding some of your assets in stocks, bonds, precious metals, and real estate will lead to less volatility in your overall investment portfolio... And cash is one of the most valuable assets you can own.
While other assets are dropping, the bull market in cash is on.
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