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68 - Strategic Cash Allocation in an Investing Portfolio

The DIY Investing Podcast

Release Date: 03/22/2020

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Call to Action:

  • For You: Do you agree with my view on cash not being worthy of a strategic allocation in your portfolio? Either way, you should write down and document your view on cash in your asset allocation strategy. This should be a line item in your investment strategy document. If you don't have a written strategy for cash you're more likely to make subpar decisions because you likely won't have a strategy at all. 
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Listener Question from Twitter:

  • "Most value investors aren't what you would call market timers. But how do you think of cash strategically in your portfolio? Do you view it as an option on a better future opportunity set? Or as a potential drag on returns?" -Brian from Twitter
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My views on Strategic Cash Allocation Strategy

  • Both. I view cash as both an opportunity on a better future opportunity set AND a potential drag on returns. 
  • My preferred cash allocation is 0%.
  • I want to be 100% invested in assets that can meet my hurdle rate of return of 10% or greater. Therefore, preferably I would be 100% invested in stocks that each individually offers me a high probability of achieving a 10% rate of return during my holding period. 
  • Am I always 100% invested in stocks: No. 
  • Cash should be held if you don't have any good ideas and/or already have too much money invested in the good ideas that you do have. In order to prevent myself from holding cash, I concentrate my portfolio, so I need less good ideas. 

Summary:

I don't hold a strategic cash allocation in my portfolio. That is because I view cash as both an option for a better opportunity set in the future and as a drag on returns. This means that my ideal cash allocation is 0%. As soon as I identify assets that meet my target rate of return, I buy them to eliminate my cash allocation. I am not going to wait for 12% return opportunities when 10% opportunities are available today.