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Need to Know: Quite a pivot: Ray Dalio has just reversed his long-held stance on this key asset class.


For years, Ray Dalio has made his disdain for cash abundantly clear.

The founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, told everyone who would listen that cash was trash, a point he repeated to the MarketWatch “Best New Ideas In Money” festival just two weeks ago. Dalio said cash was still a “trash investment,” though perhaps he showed signs of tweaking his long-held worldview, as he said the true utility of cash depends on how it compares to others.

Now, he’s changed his mind. “I no longer think cash is trash,” said Dalio, in a late Monday tweet. “At existing interest rates and with the Fed shrinking the balance sheet, it is now about neutral—neither a very good or very bad deal. In other words, the short-term interest rate is now about right.”

This is a view that investment bank Morgan Stanley has been espousing for some time. At virtually no risk, the 6-month Treasury bill

on Tuesday morning yielded just under 4%. That compares to the 1.74% dividend yield on the S&P 500
the 3.57% yield on the 10-year Treasury

and the 2% yield on the iShares Core U.S. aggregate bond ETF

Granted, if the market turns higher, cash will be left behind. That’s the risk/return tradeoff. Stocks rallied on Monday and stock futures were stronger early Tuesday. Dalio typically has a defter touch than, say, Jim Cramer, but perhaps his throwing in the towel on cash is the sign that now is the time to get out of it and put money to work.

The markets

After Monday’s 765-point outburst for the Dow Jones Industrial Average
U.S. stock futures


were pointing higher on the second day of the fourth quarter. The yield on the 10-year Treasury

fell to 3.57%. Bitcoin

was back above $20,000.

The buzz

The U.S. economics calendar includes a number of Fed speakers, including Philip Jefferson’s first speech as a governor. Job openings and factory orders data from August are due for release at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Is that a pivot? The Reserve Bank of Australia made a smaller-than-expected 25 basis point hike, hurting the Aussie dollar
with financial markets now forecasting the terminal rate to slip to 3.6% from 4.3% on Monday.

The likely successor to Warren Buffett, Greg Abel, made his biggest investment in Berkshire Hathaway

with a $68 million purchase. Abel this summer had sold to the company his $870 million stake in a utility division he used to lead.

South Korea’s Naver

agreed to pay $1.6 billion, or $17.90 per share in cash, for online fashion reseller Poshmark
Poshmark went public in 2021 at $42.

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A utility has received billions in government green subsidies for cutting down environmentally-important forests.

Some retailers are sticking with “Made in Myanmar” after the coup.

Georgia senatorial candidate Herschel Walker reimbursed a woman for an abortion, according to the Daily Beast, a claim the Republican ally of Donald Trump denies. Walker’s adult son, Christian, criticized his father for running for office.

Top tickers

Here were the most active stock market tickers as of 6 a.m. Eastern.


Security name






AMC Entertainment






AMC Entertainment preferred


Bed Bath & Beyond





Advanced Micro Devices

The chart


suddenly is moving in the same direction as gold
Granted, it’s hardly a one-to-one relationship, but the correlation with gold is at its highest level in more than a year, according to analysis from digital assets data provider Kaiko. The firm said as the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen, it’s negatively impacted both asset classes.

Random reads

The Onion filed an amicus brief to U.S. Supreme Court, telling the nation’s highest court that it has a daily readership of 4.3 trillion, with manual labor camps spanning the globe.

A company selling water in a can is valued at $700 million.

How this spray-on dress worn by model Bella Hadid was created.

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