Hidden risks in a safe haven


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Our perspective

Cash has always played a critical role in a diversified investment portfolio and it is especially vital in times of uncertainty when investors see cash as protection against risk. Despite the importance of cash, advisers can struggle to engage their clients in meaningful conversations around cash management and may not be fully aware of a client’s total cash holdings.  

In this whitepaper we explore the types of cash products that you might consider for your clients, look at the place cash plays as part of a portfolio and explore the cash management innovations the Macquarie CMA brings to the industry. 

Why focus on cash?

Why focus on cash?

Why focus on cash?

In the current environment, levels of household cash are at near-historic levels. 

Yet clients can sometimes think cash is “simple” and not something they need advice on. When this happens clients may not tell their adviser about all their cash holdings and that can compromise the adviser’s ability to provide thorough advice – in an increasingly complex cash product environment. 

Cash investment options

The number of cash investment options is becoming increasingly complex

The number of cash investment options is becoming increasingly complex

Advisers and clients can choose between cash, cash equivalents and cash alternatives. 

In a low-rate environment, the search for yield has led to an increase in the number of products available for advisers to choose from. That can make it hard to deeply understand the risk and return factors of every product, and communicate them clearly to clients. 

The risk

What risk does that cause?

What risk does that cause?

There’s a need to balance liquidity, risk and return in a volatile environment.

But how can advisers actively manage clients’ cash portfolios to get a healthy rate of return, with an acceptable level of risk – all while keeping clients on track to meet their goals? 

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