Cash is an essential part of every portfolio. But holding cash and putting your portfolio "on hold" is not a long-term investment strategy, since cash holdings historically have produced negative returns after considering the effects of taxes and inflation.
Cash Averages a Negative Return After Taxes and Inflation1
"So what do I do with my money?"
Cash is an essential part of everyone’s finances and plays an important role in saving and investing. In terms of investment risk, cash is also probably the most conservative option. But safety and comfort come at a price—the probability you will not meet your long-term investment goals. While today’s market conditions understandably produce anxiety, investors with large amounts of cash should take a step back, assess their goals, and work with their financial advisors to make their money work harder for them. Ask your financial advisor about how to build a balanced, diverse portfolio designed for growth even as markets stagnate.
INVESTING IDEAS TO CONSIDER
BlackRock Floating Rate Income Fund
For investors seeking higher yields than cash, while offering protection against rising interest rates and inflation, by investing in securities whose interest rates adjust over time.
BlackRock Low Duration Bond Fund
For investors who want to mitigate interest rate risk, while maintaining attractive income potential, when compared to cash or higher yielding fixed income portfolios with longer durations.
BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund
For investors looking for a flexible, core bond alternative that tactically manages duration and credit risks without constraints to sector, quality or geographic allocations.
iShares® Barclays 1-3 Year Credit Bond Fund
Take on incremental credit risk for potential yield with short duration credit.
iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond Fund
Use short duration Treasuries for yield potential with less interest rate risk than longer-term bond funds.
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund
Use 1- to 3-year Treasuries to pick up potentially more yield with additional interest rate risk compared to Treasuries with durations of less than one year.