Money fund assets rise to $2.637 trillion

NEW YORK (AP) ? Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $7.95 billion to $2.637 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Assets of the nation’s retail money market mutual funds rose $33 million to $944.80 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade group said. Assets of taxable money market funds in the retail category rose $1.12 billion to $750.79 billion. Tax-exempt retail fund assets fell $1.09 billion to $194.01 billion.

Meanwhile, assets of institutional money market funds rose $7.92 billion to $1.692 trillion. Among institutional funds, taxable money market fund assets rose $8.16 billion to $1.591 trillion; assets of tax-exempt funds fell $242 million to $100.89 billion.

The seven-day average yield on money market mutual funds was 0.02 percent in the week that ended Tuesday, unchanged from the previous week, said Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNet Inc. in Westborough, Mass. The 30-day average yield was also unchanged at 0.02 percent.

The seven-day compounded yield was flat at 0.02 percent as was the 30-day compounded yield at 0.02 percent, Money Fund Report said.

The average maturity of the portfolios held by money market mutual funds fell to 39 days from 41 days.

The online service 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 at 0.15 percent in the week that ended Wednesday, unchanged from the previous week.

The North Palm Beach, Fla.-based unit of Bankrate Inc. said the annual percentage yield available on interest-bearing checking was 0.07 percent, unchanged. said the annual percentage yield on six-month certificates of deposit fell to 0.24 percent from 0.25 percent. Yields fell to 0.40 percent from 0.41 percent on one-year CDs, were unchanged at 0.63 percent on 2 1/2-year CDs; and fell to 1.38 percent from 1.42 percent on five-year CDs.