Earning More Money With Less Risk In a Rising Interest Environment

Do you want to earn more money without taking on more risk? If so, keep reading! With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to combat inflation over the last few months, and set to raise them about .25% in a few weeks at the February meeting,  we have been seeing a huge spike in short-term rates, CD’s, and money market accounts. At the same time, many clients and prospects we’ve been talking with are actually holding onto a ton of cash at large institutional money center banks that are paying close to 0%, so there’s a large opportunity for those of you in this position to better manage your cash in this type of increased savings rate environment. Let’s take a look.

Many of you might be weary right now about your financial picture given extreme market volatility we saw last year, 4-decade high inflation, and rising rates from the Federal Reserve. The interest rate market has sky rocketed over the last year with the Federal Reserve projecting and telegraphing future hikes in the coming months. With recent inflation data slowing, the Federal Reserve may be slowing the rate in which they increase future hikes, but interest rates are still quite high from the lows we saw in 2020 and beyond. Because of this uncertainty, a lot of people might want to hold on to extra cash in the case of a potential recession or future large purchases. However, because of these rising rates, there’s an opportunity to earn more money risk-free on cash sitting in your savings or checking accounts. 

You can now get FDIC insured savings above 3%, with some even in the 3.25% range now, so make sure you are looking at high-yield savings accounts instead of your traditional ones and are shopping around for the highest rates. If you feel like taking on further time risk, we have also been seeing individuals purchase CDs and Treasury Bills in the 4% range, which was unheard of just a year back. Additionally, for those of you looking for other higher interest rate vehicles, check out our blog on I-bonds as well which have been increasingly popular for many looking to take advantage of higher rates. 

With this changing economic environment, it’s super important to stay on top of your financial plan and make sure you are updating/altering it accordingly. As we kick start 2023, it’s important you are making sure you are taking advantage of all the interest you can earn and that you money is in the right places. If you are interested in re-visiting your financial plan or have questions about your cash management needs, email us at info@shermanwealth.com or schedule a complimentary intro call here

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