How much cash should you keep on hand? Like everything else in Monopoly™, it will depend on the circumstances, which is to say, it will depend on your skill at constantly analyzing the state of play. If properties have not been developed, to complete a trip around the board, it generally costs most of the $200 "salary" players receive for passing Go. (Note that mortgagable properties can also be considered part of your cash reserve, since the 10% cost of mortgaging is not excessive.)
As properties are developed by opposing players, more reserve may be necessary; however, if one or more opposing players develop substantial threats, it may be necessary to abandon one's reserve for the sake of one's own property development. Balancing these needs is one of the most critical elements of Monopoly™ strategy.
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