Cash is trash. Or is it king?

Season 2 Episode 15

Over the last decade, because of the zero interest rate policy set by the Federal Reserve, you weren't paid anything to hold cash since ZIRP ensured cash yielded essentially nothing. In fact, after subtracting for inflation, you were losing money if you held cash, hence the phrase – cash is trash. But with the Fed increasing short-term interest rates over the last 12 months and yields on cash-equivalent investments as high as they’ve been in more than a decade, is cash king again? In this episode of Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean and wealth planner Isabel Barrow tackle that question and discuss what to do and not do with your cash reserves. Later in the episode, Bill Tracy, portfolio manager for Edelman Financial Engines, weighs in on what’s going on with the recent bank collapses and how to help protect your investments.


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Meet the Host: Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky came to personal finance not as an economist or a financial planner but as a journalist who dug into the topic of money to get her own money in order as well as to earn a paycheck. She has the innate ability to take the complicated world of money and explain it in ways we can all understand. And this has never been more important than now because we all have more responsibility for our financial lives than any generation that came before us. Aside from hosting Everyday Wealth™, Jean is the CEO of and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky. The financial editor of NBC's TODAY show for 25 years and the financial ambassador for AARP, she appears frequently on CNN and MSNBC and was a recurring guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.