Cash & Liquidity Management

What do more than 400 senior treasury decision-makers have in common?

Published: Mar 2016
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March 2016

The J.P. Morgan Global Liquidity Investment PeerViewSM survey results provide unique insight for cash investors.

Key findings

Investment in money market funds still strong – Based on the market outlook for next year, 63% of respondents will continue with the same allocation to money market funds, while an additional 20% will increase their allocations. In the U.S., of the respondents who are currently invested in a prime money market fund, 70% intend to still use it when SEC 2a-7 money market rules go into effect next year.

Regulatory pressures – Respondents are grappling with a host of regulatory pressures, including SEC Rule 2a-7 reform in the U.S., pending money market fund regulation in Europe and Basel III around the globe. Almost half of respondents report that their banks have encouraged them to move non-operating deposits off the banks’ balance sheet. Also, approximately 40% of participants plan to make changes to their investment policies given the current regulatory landscape.

Safety and liquidity remain priorities – As indicated by their choice of investments, survey respondents focus on safety and liquidity: Almost half of global cash assets are still placed in bank deposits. Usage is most prevalent in Asia, where 57% of assets are held in bank deposits vs. 44% in Europe and 42% in the Americas. Money market funds represent roughly one-third of cash assets in the Americas and Europe.

Risk is still a focus – While risk management continues to be critically important, the framework for assessing risk is shifting for many liquidity investors. Negative interest rates in Europe and low rates globally are compelling organizations to re-evaluate their appetite for risk and more precisely calculate their short-term liquidity needs.

Search for yield – Separately managed accounts (SMAs) – customized portfolios that allow investors to define their own risk, security and liquidity parameters – will continue to account for a significant share of cash allocations. Twenty percent of respondents in the Americas and 16% in Europe plan to increase their allocations to cash assets that are invested with SMAs or outside managers. Investor demand for SMAs can be seen as a clear demonstration of the need for yield.

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