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jzb11

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Short Term Cash (1-2yr)
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:32:08 PM »
Hello,

I was curious what you all do with cash that you may need in a year or two. I am currently overseas on a business assignment until the end of this year and possibly all of next year as well. My expenses are low, and I'm earning extra income as well as a result of being here.

Anyway I'm not entirely sure what to do with the money I'm saving. I recently bought $20K of APPL and 10K of TWTR (My positions: APPL is up 20%, TWTR 42% - I know a lot about consumer electronics and tech in general, this was an educated decision, not a gamble). I'm not sure what to do with the rest of my cash as it accumulates in my bank account. 

I am currently not maxing my SEP (working as a contractor) because I earn an income tax exemption by being overseas. As a result tax exempt investing doesn't really offer any benefit and I prefer to have control over the funds now vs the restrictions of a tax exempt account.

What do you all think/suggest?

My hope when I return to the USA is to purchase a foreclosed property in the Midwest cash (30-50K if that's possible).

x

Anyway just wanted to pick your brains.

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Re: Short Term Cash (1-2yr)
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 02:39:08 PM »
If you need to use it in a few years, don't put it into anything volatile (like stocks). That is too short a time line and risks losing a large chunk in the short term. Look for the best interest rate on a boring old savings account you can find and park it there. Or even a 1-2 year CD if the rates are slightly better.

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Re: Short Term Cash (1-2yr)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 03:52:51 PM »
SmartyPig.com for 1% "goal-oriented" savings accounts. (I like that they make it "difficult" to get your money out, i.e. you either have to make a new goal, transfer some of it, close that goal or close the entire original goal. So no "skimming" from your savings.)

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