As a single investment, cash generally provides the lowest returns of any of the major asset classes, but is one of the most stable investments. As such, it is best employed in situations where high-risk could be detrimental, such as in the final few years of superannuation management prior to retirement.
Due to its stability, cash is opten used to offset risk in a managed fund, or to create some balance in a growth-oriented investment portfolio.
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A Fixed Interest in Cash (NineMSN Money, 24.01.2001)
Fixed-interest investments and cash are worthwhile components of any balanced portfolio, and no investor should ignore the stability and liquidity offered by this asset class.
A Matter of High Interest (BBC News, 20.11.2000)
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