Crane Data's latest Money Fund Market Share rankings show assets in U.S. money fund complexes were up again in September, as overall assets increased by $32.0 billion, or 1.1%. Total assets have increased by $133.6 billion, or 4.8%, over the past 3 months. They've increased by $327.5 billion, or 12.6%, over the past 12 months through September 30, but note that our asset totals have been inflated by the addition of a number of funds. (Crane Data added batches of previously untracked funds in December, February and April. These funds, which total over $200 billion, include a number of internal funds that we hadn't been aware of prior to disclosures of the SEC's Form N-MFP.) The biggest gainers in September were Fidelity, whose MMFs rose by $7.1 billion, or 1.3%, SSGA, whose MMFs rose by $4.6 billion, or 5.7%, and Dreyfus, whose MMFs rose by $4.5 billion, or 2.5%.

BlackRock, Federated and Deutsche also saw assets increase in September, rising by $3.6B, $2.6B, and $2.4B, respectively. The only declines among the 25 largest managers were seen by JP Morgan, Invesco and PNC. (Our domestic U.S. "Family" rankings are available in our MFI XLS product, our global rankings are available in our MFI International product, and the combined "Family & Global Rankings" are available to Money Fund Wisdom subscribers.) We review these market share totals below, and we also look at money fund yields the past month, which were up slightly in September.

Over the past year through Sept. 30, 2017, Fidelity (up $116.4B, or 26.2%), Vanguard (up $81.2B, or 41.6%), BlackRock (up $28.5B, or 11.6%), and T Rowe Price (up 23.2B, or 153.7%) were the largest gainers. (All of these families' totals were inflated by the addition of new funds earlier this year.) These 1-year gainers were followed by Prudential (up $14.2B, or 2282.5%), JPMorgan (up $13.3B, or 5.7%), Columbia (up $12.6B, or 844.5%), Northern (up $11.1B, or 12.2%) and Invesco (up $8.5B, or 15.2%).

Fidelity, BlackRock, Columbia, and Dreyfus had the largest money fund asset increases over the past 3 months, rising by $34.8B, $17.5B, $13.2B, and $11.2B, respectively. The biggest decliners over 12 months include: Goldman Sachs (down $16.0B, or -8.6%), Wells Fargo (down $14.0B, or -12.2%), Morgan Stanley (down $11.4B, or -8.8%), Western (down $10.0B, or -27.1), and Federated (down $6.0B, or -3.0%).

Our latest domestic U.S. Money Fund Family Rankings show that Fidelity Investments remains the largest money fund manager with $560.6 billion, or 19.1% of all assets. It was up $7.1 billion in Sept., up $34.8 billion over 3 mos., and up $116.4B over 12 months. Vanguard is second with $276.3 billion, or 9.4% market share (up $1.6B, up $4.4B, and up $81.2B for the past 1-month, 3-mos. and 12-mos., respectively), while BlackRock is third with $273.7 billion, or 9.3% market share (up $3.6B, up $17.5B, and up $28.5B). JP Morgan ranked fourth with $246.2 billion, or 8.4% of assets (down $1.9B, down $2.4B, and up $13.3B for the past 1-month, 3-mos. and 12-mos., respectively), while Federated was ranked fifth with $193.0 billion, or 6.6% of assets (up $2.6B, up $9.8B, and down $6.0B).

Dreyfus was in sixth place with $179.8 billion, or 6.1% of assets (up $4.5B, up $11.2B, and up $23.8B), while Goldman Sachs was in seventh place with $170.1 billion, or 5.8% (up $245M, up $4.3B, and down $16.0B). Schwab ($156.9B, or 5.4%) was in eighth place, followed by Morgan Stanley in ninth place ($117.8B, or 4.0%) and Northern in tenth place ($102.4B, or 3.5%).

The eleventh through twentieth largest U.S. money fund managers (in order) include: Wells Fargo ($101.1B, or 3.5%), SSGA ($85.2B, or 2.9%), Invesco ($64.2B, or 2.2%), First American ($50.1B, or 1.7%), UBS ($42.6B, or 1.5%), T Rowe Price ($38.3B, or 1.3%), Western ($26.9B, or 0.9%), DFA ($24.6B, or 0.8%), Deutsche ($22.4B, or 0.8%), and Franklin ($21.6B, or 0.7%). The 11th through 20th ranked managers are the same as last month, except Western moved ahead of DFA. Crane Data currently tracks 66 U.S. MMF managers, the same number as last month.

When European and "offshore" money fund assets -- those domiciled in places like Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Cayman Islands -- are included, the top 10 managers match the U.S. list, except JPMorgan moves ahead of Vanguard and BlackRock, BlackRock moves ahead of Vanguard, Goldman Sachs moves ahead of Federated and Dreyfus, and SSGA moves ahead of Wells Fargo.

Looking at our Global Money Fund Manager Rankings, the combined market share assets of our MFI XLS (domestic U.S.) and our MFI International ("offshore") products, the largest money market fund families include: Fidelity ($570.5 billion), JP Morgan ($417.0B), BlackRock ($403.0B), Vanguard ($276.3B), and Goldman Sachs ($269.6B). Dreyfus/BNY Mellon ($206.0B) was sixth and Federated ($201.6B) was in seventh, followed by Schwab ($156.9B), Morgan Stanley ($150.3B), and Northern ($129.0B), which round out the top 10. These totals include "offshore" US Dollar money funds, as well as Euro and Pound Sterling (GBP) funds converted into US dollar totals.

The October issue of our Money Fund Intelligence and MFI XLS, with data as of 9/30/17, shows that yields were up slightly in September across our Taxable Crane Money Fund Indexes. The Crane Money Fund Average, which includes all taxable funds covered by Crane Data (currently 735), was up 1 bps to 0.70% for the 7-Day Yield (annualized, net) Average, and the 30-Day Yield was up 4 bps to 0.70%. The MFA's Gross 7-Day Yield increased 3 bps to 1.14%, while the Gross 30-Day Yield was up 6 bps to 1.13%.

Our Crane 100 Money Fund Index shows an average 7-Day (Net) Yield of 0.87% (up one bps) and an average 30-Day Yield of 0.87% (up 3 bps). The Crane 100 shows a Gross 7-Day Yield of 1.15% (up 3 bps), and a Gross 30-Day Yield of 1.15% (up 5 bps). For the 12 month return through 9/30/17, our Crane MF Average returned 0.41% and our Crane 100 returned 0.58%. The total number of funds, including taxable and tax-exempt, decreased to 956, down 20 from last month. There are currently 735 taxable and 221 tax-exempt money funds.

Our Prime Institutional MF Index (7-day) yielded 0.97% (unchanged) as of September, while the Crane Govt Inst Index was 0.75% (up 2 bp) and the Treasury Inst Index was 0.76% (up 1 bp). Thus, the spread between Prime funds and Treasury funds is 21 basis points, down 1 bp from last month, while the spread between Prime funds and Govt funds is 22 basis points, down 2 bps from last month. The Crane Prime Retail Index yielded 0.78% (unchanged), while the Govt Retail Index yielded 0.43% (down 1 bps) and the Treasury Retail Index was 0.49% (up 1 bps). The Crane Tax Exempt MF Index yield increased to 0.43% (up 5 bps).

Gross 7-Day Yields for these indexes in September were: Prime Inst 1.34% (down 1 bps), Govt Inst 1.06% (unchanged), Treasury Inst 1.05% (down 2 bp), Prime Retail 1.32% (unchanged), Govt Retail 1.06% (down 2 bps), and Treasury Retail 1.05% (unchanged). The Crane Tax Exempt Index increased 5 basis points to 0.93%. The Crane 100 MF Index returned on average 0.07% for 1-month, 0.21% for 3-month, 0.49% for YTD, 0.58% for 1-year, 0.26% for 3-years (annualized), 0.16% for 5-years, and 0.45% for 10-years. (Contact us if you'd like to see our latest MFI XLS, Crane Indexes or Market Share report.)

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