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Money Funds Fell In Latest Week

May 4, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Assets of the nation’s retail money market mutual funds fell by $8.05 billion in the latest week to $972.97 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Assets of taxable money market funds in the retail category fell by $4.74 billion to $813.06 billion for the week ended Wednesday, the Washington-based mutual fund trade group said. Tax-exempt fund assets fell by $3.31 billion to $159.90 billion.

Assets of institutional money market funds rose by $6.85 billion to $695.31 billion for the same period. Among institutional funds, taxable money market fund assets rose by $6.12 billion to $646.00 billion; assets of tax-exempt funds rose by $735.4 million to $49.31 billion.

Total money market assets stood at $1.668 trillion for the week.

Assets for the previous week were revised to $1.669 trillion to reflect reporting errors and a change in the number of funds reporting.

The seven-day average yield on money market mutual funds was 5.45 in the week ended Tuesday, unchanged from the previous week, said Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNet Inc. in Westboro, Mass. The 30-day average yield held at 5.46 percent, according to Money Fund Report.

The seven-day compounded yield kept at 5.60 percent, and the 30-day compounded yield was unchanged at 5.61 percent, Money Fund Report.

The average maturity of the portfolios held by money funds was 48 days, up from 47 days, said Money Fund Report.

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 2.03 percent as of Wednesday, unchanged from a week earlier.

The North Palm Beach, Fla.-based unit of Intelligent Life Corp. said the annual percentage yield available on interest-bearing checking accounts fell to 0.83 percent from 0.84 percent.

Bankrate.com said the annual percentage yield was 4.97 percent on six-month certificates of deposit, up from 4.96 percent the previous week. Yields were 5.36 percent on 1-year CDs, up from 5.33 percent; 5.66 percent on 2 1/2-year CDs, up from 5.62 percent; and 6.01 percent on 5-year CDs, up from 5.99 percent.

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