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  • What Happens If the US Is Downgraded? Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Politicians in Washington, D.C. finally agreed on a deal that would extend the ability of the government to borrow money beyond August—preventing a default on  or other obligations.But even with the U.S. debt ceiling raised, a short-term deal that does little to raise revenue or cut spending might result in a downgrade of the country's long-term debt. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s might decide that the failure to produce a longer-term solution to the U.S. debt burden indicates that the country's

    You might be surprised by some of the possible answers. Click ahead to see what happens if the U.S. credit rating is downgraded.

  • Money Market Funds: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

    As an alternative to savings accounts at a commercial bank, many people choose to put their money into money market accounts set up by way of money market funds. What are they and how are they constituted?

  • Breaking the Buck: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

    The goal of money market funds is to never lose money and maintain a net asset value (NAV), or per-share value, at $1, and when their NAV goes below $1, this is called breaking the buck. CNBC explains.

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    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?

  • In a Greek Default, Higher Risk for Money Market Funds Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 8:58 AM ET

    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.

  • How Safe are Money Market Accounts? Friday, 24 Jun 2011 | 2:07 PM ET
    How Safe are Money Market Accounts?

    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.

  • Money Market Funds: The Greek Risk Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 | 10:54 AM ET

    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.

  • Would the Government Bail Out Money Market Funds? Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 3:28 PM ET

    Money market funds have no explicit guarantee from the US government.

  • Euro Stress Impacts Money Market Funds Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
    Euro Stress Impacts Money Market Funds

    CBC's Kate Kelly has the details on Euro stress impacting money market funds.