Folks, negative rates are here... in the U.S... today.
The Federal Reserve is rewriting the definition of "saving." And you must understand this change... that is, if you have any interest in preserving your wealth.
Now, I'm sure you're thinking, "Vic, rates aren't negative. What in the world are you talking about?"
That's true... but not really. The biggest banks and money managers have done everything they can to keep this under wraps. They know that seeing negative rates scares people.
That hasn't stopped the humble money market account from effectively turning negative. Money managers have simply done the unthinkable to hide it from you.
I know, this sounds like a lot. But with just a little explanation, I'll make it clear.
Your savings are at risk. And to preserve them, you need to understand the new definition of saving.
Let's get into it...
BlackRock. Fidelity Investments. J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
These are some of the biggest names in finance. And they all share one thing in common now.
These investment managers are all slashing the fees on their money market accounts. But don't be fooled. They're not doing this as a kind gesture.
They're cutting fees because if they don't... their money market accounts would show negative yields.
Simply put, the most basic form of cash savings in the U.S. has effectively turned negative... only to be saved by a cut in fees. That means U.S. rates have, in a practical sense, entered negative territory.
Now, the big money managers sure as heck don't want you to see this. That's why they're cutting fees.
The goal is to make it look like your account isn't losing money. But outside of this fee reduction, it is. And fees can only be cut so far. So given the current trend in rates, actual losses are likely just around the corner.
All of this is to the detriment of savers.
The message is as clear as it gets. If you're sitting on a pile of cash, trying to be a "good saver," Uncle Sam is going to chew you up.
The craziest part of this is that most mom-and-pop investors have no idea this is happening. And most folks believe that keeping a large chunk of their savings in cash is prudent.
That's how it's supposed to work. You save money, and it pays off in the future. But the Fed has changed the rules of the game.
The new rules say, "sitting on cash guarantees you lose money." And you can't fight the Fed. You'll never beat it at its own game.
Now, more than ever, you need to be invested. Investing is the new saving.
How you navigate these changes will determine whether or not you preserve your wealth. And thanks to the Fed, your hand is forced. So please, act now.
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