Is Your Money Market Fund Safe? Examining The Crisis in Cash

by Erin McCune on May 15, 2008

in AFP, Conferences & Meetings, Treasury & Cash Management

Last night the San Francisco Treasury Management Association (TMA), the Silicon Valley TMA, and the Peninsula TMA (all local affiliates of the Association for Financial Professionals, or AFP) hosted Peter Crane, of Crane Data at our annual dinner meeting.

Over steak frites at Left Bank in San Mateo a packed house listened intently as Crane evaluated the safety of money market mutual funds and reviewed the most
recent crisis in the money markets. He addressed various money market
securities, including asset-backed commercial paper and CP, with a
focus on what has gone wrong and what could go wrong.

"Mr. Crane thinks investors have lost far more money by flocking to Treasury money funds, due to their lower yields, than they would have from the threat of exposure to problem securities…sacrificing two percentage points in yield to avoid the remote chance that you may lose 1% to 2% in principal… it's silly." – Financial Week

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