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by  BlueBay Fixed Income teamB.Swensen, CFA Nov 2, 2023

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Hello all, and thank you for joining us. In our previous videos, we touched on using cash as a strategy in the impact space. In this series, we will be further discussing using cash as an overall investment strategy and ways of managing liquidity that go beyond traditional methods.

I have with me today, Brandon Swensen, Senior Portfolio Manager on the BlueBay Fixed Income team at RBC.

Brandon, cash is oftentimes the leftover portion of a portfolio or money intentionally kept in CDs and other low interest bearing accounts because investors might not know what to do with it. What are some ways investors can put cash sitting on the sidelines to work?

Sure. Yeah, that's exactly right. Oftentimes cash is sort of the last thing that investors think about using strategically, but as you've been hearing, we have investors even exploring using their cash in ways to impact their impact investing strategies. There's a whole host of ways that you can customize cash to do whatever your priorities might be, whether it be impact initiatives that you may have, whether it be more of an income focus, whether it is that focus on principal preservation, which is always usually the primary focus for investors with their cash.

The customization options are really actually quite broad and quite significant. And the other aspect to cash today is we're in an interest rate environment that we haven't been in, in well over a decade or multiple decades in, in some cases.

So the ability to earn income and earn yield on cash again is something that investors have not seen for quite some time. Certainly the strategies that were working 10 years ago with 0% interest rates have changed considerably. We've just been through a quite rapid and significant increase in interest rates as well.

The strategies that investors were employing perhaps over the last few years are also changing, so as the interest rate cycle changes and as investors' priorities around their cash and segmenting that cash for what is needed for daily, overnight, day-to-day cash versus what could maybe be thought of more strategically, to perhaps elevate other priorities that institutional investors have, all of those are available within cash investing strategies, much the same way they're available with other active fixed income strategies as well.

Well, thank you Brandon, and thank you all for watching.

Please make sure to stay tuned for our next conversation with Brandon Swensen of RBC, where we take a deeper look at where the opportunities lie in liquid assets. Thanks for watching.

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