While we're busy making preparations for next month's European Money Fund Symposium, which is Sept. 23-24 in Dublin, Ireland, we're also starting to prepare for our next "basic training" event, Money Fund University. Mark your calendars for Crane Data's 10th annual MFU, which will take place at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel in Providence, R.I., January 23-24, 2020. Crane's Money Fund University is designed for those new to the money market fund industry or those in need of a concentrated refresher on the basics. The event also focuses on hot topics like money market regulations, money fund alternatives, offshore markets, and other recent industry trends. The affordable educational conference (see the agenda here or e-mail us to request our brochure) features a faculty of the money fund industry's top lawyers, strategists, and portfolio managers. Money Fund University offers attendees a 2-day course on money market mutual funds, educating attendees on the history of money funds, the Fed, Rule 2a-7, ratings, rankings, money market instruments such as commercial paper, CDs, CP, ABC, repo, plus portfolio construction. At our Providence event, we will again feature a segment on ultra-short bond funds, and we'll also host a tutorial on Crane Data's money fund statistics and products (free for anyone who wants to "crash"). New portfolio managers, analysts, investors, issuers, service providers, and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of "cash" investing will benefit from our comprehensive program. Even experienced professionals may enjoy a refresher course and the opportunity to interact with peers in an informal setting. Attendee registration for Crane's Money Fund University is just $500, exhibit space is $2,000, and sponsorship opportunities are $3K, $4K, and $5K. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. We'd like to thank our MFU sponsors –- Dreyfus/BNY Mellon CIS, Federated Investors, Fidelity Investments, Fitch Ratings, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, TD Securities, S&P Global, and Dechert -- for their support, and we hope to see you in Providence in January. E-mail Pete Crane (pete@cranedata.com) for the latest brochure or visit www.moneyfunduniversity.com to register or for more details. Finally, Crane Data will soon be preparing the preliminary agendas for its next Bond Fund Symposium (March 23-24, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Boston), and our "big show," Money Fund Symposium, which will be held June 24-26, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Let us know if you'd like to speak or sponsor!

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