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Prime Funds Keep Eyes Peeled for Returning Cash

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November 16, 2016

By John Hintze

Signals point to prime fund inflows but nothing yet and extent unknown. 

October 14 compliance deadline for new rules has come and gone and there are a couple of trends that may bode well for prime money market funds. One is that spreads between institutional prime and government MMFs have widened since the deadline; the second is that prime fund portfolios’ weighted average maturities (WAMs) have lengthened somewhat. These shifts may eventually bring back some lost luster to prime funds for corporate treasurers, but so far inflows have yet to materialize, and views split sharply about whether they ever will.

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