U.S. News & World Report: When cash is king!

January 11, 2023

Return of principal and return on principal!

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by U.S. News & World Report in an article — by Tony Dong, 7 Best Money Market Funds for 2023 — regarding using money markets to provide interest income and safety of principal within a brokerage account.

What to make of an inverted yield curve?

With the U.S. Treasury yield curve deeply inverted, safe short-term T-Bills and many money market funds yield more than much longer dated 5, 10, 20, and 30-year government Treasuries.

Note: Interest income earned on U.S. Government T-bills and Treasuries is not subject to state income taxes (even when they are inside a money market).

Bonds with longer maturities could do well and beat short-term securities on a total return basis if interest rates decline, but are likely to be hurt if interest rates rise or inflation exceeds expectations.

Quoted article excerpts are below:

A popular money market fund with over $223 billion in assets under management, or AUM, is VMFXX [Vanguard Federal Money Market Fund]. This fund is rather long-lived, debuting in 1981 and surviving multiple market crashes and recessions. Currently, VMFXX pays a seven-day SEC yield of 4.23% and costs an expense ratio of 0.11%.

“I like VMFXX for its low fees versus many other money market funds that not only have lower yields, but also higher expense ratios closer to 0.4%,” says Michael Ashley Schulman, partner and chief investment officer at Running Point Capital Advisors. The fund requires a minimum investment of $3,000.

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