The Investment Company Institute's latest weekly money fund totals show assets increasing by $8.81 billion to $3.507 trillion the week ended July 23, 2008. Retail assets grew $2.70 billion to $1.231 trillion and Institutional assets grew $6.11 billion to $2.276 trillion. Year-to-date, money fund assets have increased by $362.7 billion, or 11.5%, though assets remain below their record level of $3.536 trillion set the week of April 9 this year.

In other news, a press release says, "The Performance U.S. Treasury Money Market Fund, a Trustmark proprietary mutual fund, has been assigned Standard & Poor's "AAAm-G" principal stability fund rating. The fund commenced operations in September 2007 and is managed by Trustmark Investment Advisors, Inc. The fund seeks to provide investors with the highest possible current income as is consistent with preservation of capital and liquidity. To achieve its investment objective, the fund normally invests its assets in short term direct obligations of the U.S. Treasury."

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