Easy money autopilot: Managing your free cash better

After a decade of nearly 0% rates, many are rusty in the art of squeezing extra return on cash, if they consider it at all.  This is unglamorous until the extra money hits the account, as if you won a local radio station contest.  For some clients it is a $100 bill, for others, a $10,000 bill.  Yet improving returns without taking extra risk is straightforward with the right cash management process.

Go beyond set it and forget it for cash management.  In a fee sensitive manner, jhh enhances yields by directly purchasing short-term government securities, including agencies, FHLB bonds, and even SBA securities.  These are typically on par with our AA rated government yet provide the opportunity to gain 0.30 – 1% higher yields than leading money market funds that have to move billions of dollars and follow tight regulations.

How short-term bond market inefficiencies drive higher yields on cash

Because of our boutique size, we can take advantage of smaller lots at higher yields for short-term money market instruments. For example, this major money market fund has over $20bn in net assets and must abide by strict regulation, which limits their flexibility and effectiveness as an enhanced yield cash management strategy:

Above also shows how money market funds will charge a fee, and many investors are often charged an additional fee by their advisor. This can create multi layered fee drag on the potential return.  jhh cuts out the excess fees from the money market fund and provides cash management directly, where we selectively look for higher yielding bonds:

(The above is for illustrative purposes only. Past results no guarantee of future returns.)

With just an additional 0.15% to 0.20% of annual yield, a $10,000,000 allocation can generate an additional $15,000 to $20,000 annually when compared to typical money market funds.

For those not utilizing a cash management strategy at all, achieving a 5% annualized return on a cash allocation of $500,000 would deliver a return of $25,000 annually.

How to improve your cash management?

The account is in your name at an approved custodian such as Interactive Brokers, RBC, or Schwab.  Subject to minimums, jhh works with your preferences to achieve rates approaching 6% in a cash-only account or works in a fee-efficient manner to manage a cash concentration within a diversified portfolio. If you hold a significant cash position, we encourage you to contact us today for advice on ways to unlock a better cash management strategy.


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