Factors to Consider
Short-Term Investment or Emergency Fund?
The Importance of Liquidity
Long-Term Goals and Savings Deadlines
Flexibility vs. Long-Term Stability
Remember, carefully consider the terms and conditions of each account and consult with a financial advisor before making any investment decisions.
Where are Interest Rates Headed?
The question on everyone's mind is: where do you think interest rates are going? If you believe that interest rates have already reached their maximum and will soon go down, you might want to consider a CD with longer terms. By freezing your funds in a CD, you can secure the current yield before it drops, according to Segarra, a financial expert.
However, your liquidity needs and the interest rate trend will ultimately determine where you should allocate your money. If you require immediate access to your funds, a CD might not be the best option. In the case of expecting rates to rise aggressively, it would be more beneficial to opt for a higher yielding account or a money market that adjusts quickly, advises Joe Favorito, a certified financial planner at Landmark Wealth Management.
Still unsure about which path to take? You can hedge your bets by investing a small amount in both instruments. This approach allows you to avoid predicting short-term outcomes, as suggested by Segarra.
Alternatively, you can take a completely different direction. If you truly believe that rates are near their peak, CDs may not be the right choice. Instead, consider investing in longer-term bonds or bond funds. Although the yields are not as high as CDs, you can potentially enjoy capital gains when rates eventually start to decline. Certified financial planner Jim Kinney from Financial Pathway Advisors recommends this strategy, stating that these funds are best positioned to prosper if rates turn around and fall.
There is one certainty in this uncertain financial landscape: the current inverted yield curve will return to normal. It has been inverted for an unprecedented 14 months now. Recently, long-term rates have been consistently rising day after day. If this trend continues, investors may want to keep at least some of their money in very short duration CDs or money markets, advises Kinney.
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