Highest-Yielding Money Market Funds ranked by 7-Day yield ( as of Oct. 16, 2017 )
Institutional Money Funds 7-Day Yield%
Dreyfus Cash Mgmt Institutional (DICXX) 1.28
Wells Fargo Heritage Sel (WFJXX) 1.25
UBS Select Prime Money Mkt Pref (SPPXX) 1.25
Morgan Stanley Inst Liq MMP Inst (MPUXX) 1.24
JPMorgan Prime MM Capital (CJPXX) 1.23
Retail Money Funds 7-Day Yield%
Fidelity Inv MM: MM Port Inst (FNSXX) 1.27
JPMorgan Liquid Assets Capit (CJLXX) 1.22
Federated Prime Cash Oblig WS (PCOXX) 1.21
BlackRock Money Market Port Inst (PNIXX) 1.19
Vanguard Prime MMF Adm (VMRXX) 1.12
Tax Exempt Money Funds 7-Day Yield%
Federated Municipal Obligs WS (MOFXX) 0.86
Wells Fargo Muni Cash Mg MM Prem (EMMXX) 0.81
Northern Trust Municipal MMkt (NOMXX) 0.81
Schwab Municipal MF Sel (SWLXX) 0.78
Fidelity Inv MM: Tax Exempt I (FTCXX) 0.77

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The latest Barron's magazine features the article, "Money-Market Funds Are Back," which discusses money fund yields moving over 1% and compares them with the dismal yields on brokerage sweep accounts. It says, "It's not much, but as the Federal Reserve edges short-term interest rates higher, money funds are finally starting to offer a yield -- sometimes even more than 1%. With a rate hike probable in December and three more expected in 2018, "money market funds will become more attractive than they've been in a decade," says Peter Crane, president of Crane Data. Consider the Vanguard Prime Money Market fund (ticker: VMMXX), yielding 1.13%, or the Fidelity Money Market fund (SPRXX), yielding 0.99%." We quote from some of the Barron's piece, and we also excerpt from a recent AFP Conversations Podcast featuring SSGA's Todd Bean and Will Goldthwait, below.

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Inside Money Fund Intelligence

MFI PDF October 2017 Issue

Largest Money Fund Managers

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The October 2017 issue of Money Fund Intelligence features: "Money Fund Reform One Year Later; Slow Recovery, Changes," which reviews the past year since radical reforms were implemented; "IMMFA's Lowe on European Money Fund Reforms, LVNAV," which excerpts from the IMMFA Secretary General's recent keynote speech; and, "Worldwide MMF Assets: China Surges, Ireland Up," which reviews MMF assets in different countries.

Each monthly issue of Money Fund Intelligence features news, performance information and rankings on money market mutual funds. Statistics include: assets, weighted average maturity, weighted average life, expense ratio, 7-day yield, 30-day yield, 1-year, 3-yr, 5-yr, 10-yr, and since inception return, as well as 7- and 30-day gross yields. MFI also contains tables of the top-yielding and the largest money funds, and our benchmark Crane Money Fund Indexes.

Subscriptions are $500 a year, and include online access to archived issues and additional features. Bulk discounts and site licenses are available. Write inquiry@cranedata.com or call 1-508-439-4419 to subscribe or to request more information.

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The table below is excerpted from our monthly spreadsheet product, Money Fund Intelligence XLS. It shows the largest money market mutual fund managers as of Sept. 30, 2017. (MFI XLS contains percentile rankings, fund family rankings, MNAVs, WLA, portfolio composition, and more).

Excerpt from MFI XLS

About Crane Data LLC

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Crane Data is a money market and mutual fund information company founded by Peter G. Crane and Shaun Cutts. We collect money market mutual fund, bank savings, and cash investment performance, statistics, and information and distribute rankings, news, and indexes.

Crane Data publishes Money Fund Intelligence, Money Fund Intelligence XLS, Money Fund Wisdom, the Crane Money Fund Indexes, and a series of products tracking money markets, mutual funds and cash investments. We also produce conferences, including Crane's Money Fund Symposium. For more information and samples, e-mail inquiry@cranedata.com or call us at 1-508-439-4419.

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Oct 02
Federated'​s McGonigle Passes

We were saddened to learn that Federated Vice Chairman John McGonigle passed away. McGonigle was a giant of the money market fund industry, one of the foremost experts on money fund regulations in the world. Our deepest condolences to his family and colleagues at Federated. See the Obituary here.

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Sep 18
ICI'​s Collins Replacing Reid

A press release entitled, "ICI's Sean Collins Promoted to Chief Economist" tells us, "The Investment Company Institute (ICI) announced today that Sean Collins will be promoted to serve as chief economist, effective January 1, 2018 ... following ... retirement of current ICI Chief Economist Brian Reid.... Collins will report to ICI President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens."

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Sep 05
SEC Names Blass IM Director

A press release says, "The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Dalia Blass has been named Director of the agency's Division of Investment Management."

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Crane's Money Fund Conferences

Start making plans for Crane's Money Fund University, our "basic training" event, which will be held January 18-19, 2018, in Boston, Mass. Visit www.cranesmfuniversity.com for details or ask us to see the latest brochure. Also, thanks to those who attended our recent European Money Fund Symposium in Paris! Next year's event will be Sept. 24-25, 2018, in London. (See www.euromfs.com for more in coming months.) Our next Bond Fund Symposium (www.cranesbfsymposium.com) will be held March 22-23, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif., and our next big show, the Money Fund Symposium (www.cranesmfsymposium.com) will take place June 25-27, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. We’d be happy to discuss any of these events further, and we hope to see you in Boston, LA or Pittsburgh, or London next year!

Bond Fund Portfolio Holdings

Contact Pete to see our new Bond Fund Portfolio Holdings data set, or to request the latest issue of our Bond Fund Intelligence newsletter and BFI XLS performance data spreadsheet. Crane Data began publishing Bond Fund Intelligence and tracking the bond mutual fund marketplace in 2015, and we've been "beta-testing" a monthly collection of portfolio holdings of ultra-short and short-term bond funds over the past several months. We continue to expand our readership, coverage and product lineup, and we will be unveiling a new Bond Fund Wisdom product suite this summer. (See below for details on our new Bond Fund Symposium conference.) Watch for a BFI Daily product and a website dedicated to this space too in the coming year. Visit our Content Center to access the latest BFI, BFI XLS and BF Holdings issues and archives, as well as materials from our recent Bond Fund Symposium.