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Money Market Funds: Risks and Benefits

Money market funds are mutual funds that investors typically use for relatively low-risk holdings in a portfolio. These funds typically invest in short-term debt instruments, and they pay out earnings in the form of a dividend. A money market fund is not the same as a money market account at a bank or credit union.

There’s a big difference between money market funds and money market accounts. Funds are mutual funds that invest in securities, and they can potentially lose value. Money market accounts are often FDIC insured bank accounts.

Money market funds often pay a monthly dividend, but some alternatives exist. 

Money market funds are a popular and useful cash management tool in the right circumstances. Before you use money market funds, make sure you understand how they work and the risks you might be taking.

Money Market Fund Investments

Money market funds invest in short-term securities.

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SEC.gov | Money Market Funds

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Money market funds, sometimes called money funds, are a type of mutual fund developed in the 1970s as an option for investors to purchase a pool of securities that generally provided higher returns than interest-bearing bank accounts. Money market funds invest in high quality, short-term debt securities and pay dividends that generally reflect short-term interest rates. Many investors use money market funds to manage their cash and other short term funding needs.  They have since grown significantly and currently hold about $3.0 trillion in assets.

There are many kinds of money market funds, including ones that invest primarily in government securities, tax-exempt municipal securities, or corporate debt securities. Money market funds that primarily invest in corporate debt securities are referred to as prime funds. In addition, money market funds are often

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