Money Market Fund Assets Fall to $2.595 Trillion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $27.47 billion to $2.595 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.

Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $1.89 billion to $903.56 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade group said Thursday. Assets of taxable money market funds in the retail category fell $30 million to $711.62 billion. Tax-exempt retail fund assets fell $1.87 billion to $191.94 billion.

Meanwhile assets of institutional money market funds fell $25.58 billion to $1.691 trillion. Among institutional funds, taxable money market fund assets fell $22.92 billion to $1.616 trillion. Assets of tax-exempt funds fell $2.66 billion to $75.38 billion.

The 7-day average yield on money market mutual funds was unchanged from the previous week at 0.02 percent in the week that ended Tuesday, according to Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNet in Westborough, Mass. The 7-day compounded yield, the 30-day yield, and the 30-day compounded yield all remained at 0.02 percent, Money Fund Report said Wednesday.

The average maturity of portfolios held by money market mutual funds rose to 49 days from 48 days.

The online service Bankrate.com said its survey of 100 leading commercial banks, savings and loan associations and savings banks in the nation's 10 largest markets showed the annual percentage yield available on money market accounts was unchanged from the week before at 0.12 percent.

The North Palm Beach, Fla.-based unit of Bankrate  (NYSE: RATE  ) said Wednesday that the annual percentage yield available on interest-bearing checking accounts was unchanged from the week before at 0.05 percent.

Bankrate.com said the annual percentage yield on six-month certificates of deposit were unchanged at 0.16 percent. It was flat at 0.25 percent on one-year CDs and unchanged at 0.40 percent on two-year CDs. It fell to 0.80 percent from 0.81 percent on five-year CDs.


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