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On-Hand Cash: The Hidden Value

Posted on July 29 2015 | Author: Paulo Mendes

Bootstrapped start-ups and SME’s have a different relationship with cash than a large multinational corporation.  Despite this fact, many small firms will have situations where cash has been generated without the need for it to be immediately spent on other aspects of the business.

The complacent firm would plainly place the cash in a chequing account and utilize it when needed. Yet, with some careful planning this excess cash can provide an extra flow of income.  If a company decides to invest the primary focus should be placed on answering the two following questions.

How long until the cash is needed for operational purposes? (Liquidity)

How much desired risk does the company want to place on the cash? (Risk)

If a person would prefer to avoid risk it may seem to be the logical approach to place cash in interest generating savings accounts, yet the majority of these accounts have microscopic rates of interest. These savings accounts can generate less than 0.1% of annual interest. Currently, these rates are below the inflation rate so in the big picture the cash should be indifferently placed between chequing and savings accounts.

To generate more cash it would be better to place in a low-risk money market investment or Canada Treasury Bond that can be withdrawn within less than years time. Other securities are available dependent on how long a company would prefer to hold their investment.

Some examples of short-term investment options are:

  • Short Term Bond Funds and Electronically Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Certificate of Deposits
  • Money Market Accounts
  • Vanguard Short-Term Investment–Grade Fund

In terms of liquidity, many of the short-term investments are significantly less risky by design. Since debtors need to be distributing payments in a short period of time, the debtors tend to have less likelihood to default during the small time frame.

In general, if given the opportunity to invest cash for small periods of time, short-term investments are an ideal option despite not giving the returns that long-term investments provide. These actions allow a company to create value from assets the company has and with just a little bit of planning.

Paulo Mendes
Junior Financial Analyst Intern

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