Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:24 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The newest money market fund rules from the SEC could impose fees on investors and limit redemptions during times of stress.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:50 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Sponsors of money market funds say they are safe enough now, but evidence points to the contrary.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 11:44 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The controversy over money market fund reform may be over for the moment as the SEC announced plans to scrap a vote on new proposals.

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:53 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This week, the SEC chairman went to Congress about the possibility of destabilizing runs on money market funds.

Friday, April 27, 2012 1:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The debate over money market funds has heated up recently as regulators scuffle with the fund industry.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 1:55 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Money market funds are designed to be safe investments that maintain a $1 per share net asset value, or NAV, at all times. Unlike money market accounts offered by banks though, money market funds are not insured by the FDIC. That means it is possible to lose money in a money market fund if the

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 11:37 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In the global economy, events on the other side of the world can have big impacts here at home. For instance, the European debt crisis has loomed over domestic money market funds since the beginning. Most people in the United States aren’t directly holding debt securities from the struggling European countries known as the PIIGS,

Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:33 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

U.S. prime money market funds reduced investments in European banks by 14 percent between August and September, the Wall Street Journal reported today in the story, “Money Funds Shun European Banks.” That data comes from a report from Fitch Ratings released today. According to the press release from Fitch, European bank holdings make up 37.7

Friday, September 23, 2011 2:53 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Though the second Greek bailout program engineered by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund is ongoing, an increasing number of reports point to the possible eventuality of a default. Today, Friday, Germany’s finance minister said the second bailout package may need to be re-evaluated as debt inspectors found that the country is behind

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:07 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Remember back in 2008 when the net asset value of one money market mutual fund dipped below $1? The Reserve Primary fund broke the buck in September of 2008 in the wake of the Lehman Brothers implosion. Now money market funds could be looking at a similar scenario, this time thanks to events across the

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