I will ask this like a Chatgpt prompt please can you explain as if i am a 16 year old new to investment what the point of having a cash buffer in my ISA portfolio bucket.
I dont see the point if i am earning 5.2% in savings plan why have 5 or 10k sat as a cash buffer earning nothing?
It makes no logical sense to me as a noob and very counterproductive in relation to maximising your cash available. I seen several people think is a good facility but i cannot work out why!
Hi, breaking the question down to answer :- Cash Buffer
I wouldn’t argue for a cash buffer in an ISA, but I would argue for a cash buffer.
Sometimes, life intervenes, so I have cash in a savings account - avoids forced-selling using ISA allowance for unexpected expenses.
Cash in ISA
NOTE FIRST Plenty of analysis shows most are best off investing to their risk tolerance and sticking to it.
MY APPROACH I do have some money in a cash-style ETF in an ISA. The rates are attractive currently. I can redeploy it when equity valuations imply more tempting returns relative to cash.
I flex my equity allocation somewhat, according to valuations and return outlooks. I wouldn’t argue it is the best way though, just suitable for me.
I am still lost what do you mean a cash style ETF!
If its in a ETF how is it a cash buffer still takes you several days to get it out!
I have my emergency fund in a 5.2% easy access account
Having a 5000 in a cash buffer how is that making any money ?
Money for an Emergency Buffer = a savings account, like you
Cash-style ETF = low risk fund, ERNS mainly, as it is backed by bonds. CSH2 also, for a lesser amount. I won’t be withdrawing it, I will be switching it to VWRP or similar when I like the price, this takes a day in IE.
But if you sell how long does it take to get your cash in reality to be made available to buy VWRL?
Some take many days to sell then you have T+2 minimum to buy so saying you have to buy when its good price your not guaranteed of getting it at a good price could take 5 to 7 days before it goes through !
Thank you for info still trying to get my head round it.
I have a 12 month fixed 5.2% Easy Access Savings so i will keep it there for now then move across when it finishes . But now you have explained it makes more sense but i have very little knowledge of Cash Style ETF’s plus looking on IE it only shows 2
A general term is ‘money market funds’, but those available as ETFs are not really. There are strict rules in the UK around what a MMF can invest in, but the 2 shown in IE don’t have to conform as they are not UK based.
‘Cash style ETF’ was just my invention to avoid saying MMF. The ETFs are not much more risky though.
The JustETF screener lets you select those classed as Money Market too. Stick to those in GBP or hedged-to-GBP, to avoid unexpected losses through exchange rate fluctuations (so not the € or $ ones). You will find the 2 IE gives amongst them. ETF screener for Money Market category
ERNS is not Money Market, as the assets it holds can take a year before they pay out (like your fixed-term account). Money Market Funds generally only choose investments that pay out more quickly than that. ERNS can give better returns, but It can be a little more volatile.
QUID and MIST are relatively expensive and actively managed. The 2 normally go together.
So, for those who like low-cost indexing, there are the 2 that are also available on IE. Only one is ACC - if you look for growth not income, and one is cheaper. From that, you can find which I chose for some of my money.