Ask Terry Questions Debt Ceiling/T-Bills/Retirement

Debt Ceiling/T-Bills/Retirement

By Terry Savage on April 19, 2023 | Investments

Hi Terry,

I’m not one for “timing the market” but I so vividly remember what happened to the markets during the debt ceiling crisis in the Obama era – and am wary of taking any more substantial hits to my investments/retirement. And I agree with you that we ultimately will NOT default, but am wary of the hits markets may take during the process.

As such, I had the thought of switching all my brokerage and retirement assets (otherwise mostly in index funds through Fidelity) into 3 or 6 month T-bills, and then back in my regular investments once we get through this storm. I certainly won’t hold you to it, but does that seem like a crazy thought/plan to you? Thanks!

Terry Says

It does seem crazy. You have to be right three times — when to sell, when to buy, and when to sell again. Long odds. And there are tax considerations in non-IRA accounts, as well as trading costs.
Stick with your asset allocation, as long as it lets you sleep well at night.



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