Tom Brakke, CFA, helps investment firms and the buyers of their services to improve decision processes and effectively communicate their ideas internally and externally. At times during his career, Tom has been an analyst, portfolio manager, director of research, creator of investment products, professor, and consultant (including for the Global Research Analyst Settlement). Brakker writes extensively about the business on his blog about the research puzzle and his newsletter, The Prudent Fiduciary Digest.
Individual investors should not be afraid to hold cash, even when it’s earning little, if it’s available to them when needed most. Investment professionals should get away from misguided notions about how much cash is too much cash in a portfolio.