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Excellent questions. I wish I had a ready answer. It's hard for me to imagine what I'd do in a different situation. But right now, I'm not afraid of cash because deflation is definitely upon us (in most instances) and probably will be for at least the coming months. I think inflation will become a concern, if it does (and I think it will), by the end of next year. By then we'll be much more invested, maybe close to fully invested (as it were) -- which is good, of course, as you need stocks to beat inflation, typically.

So, I don't fear cash at the moment, even though rates are so low. Prices are dropping faster, and it's hard to tell what other assets are "safe" right now. The best asset in some situations (for a while anyway) is the one that can in no way go down on absolute terms.


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