NEW YORK, July 31- As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade, several corners of the U.S. bond market aren't waiting around. Banks, money market mutual funds and other investors want to avoid being stuck with low-yielding debt when the U.S....» Read More
Money market funds are required by law and by their own charters to hold only high-quality securities. So if the ratings agencies downgrade the credit of the United States, will they have to sell their Treasury holdings?
Money market funds have long been a popular haven for conservative investors, but they could become one way that the tremors of the financial crisis in Greece touch the pocketbooks of Americans — about 50 million of them the New York Times reports.
CNBC's Kate Kelly looks at the impact the Greek crisis could have on your money market fund. Peter Crane, president of Crane Data, weighs in, as well.
As we explained last week, U.S. money market funds aren't directly exposed to Greek government debt. But they hold around $1 trillion of debt issued by European banks—who are among the biggest creditors of Greece.
Money market funds have no explicit guarantee from the US government.
CBC's Kate Kelly has the details on Euro stress impacting money market funds.