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Money Market Fund Crunch

July 29th, 2011 Michael McDonough

Investors are begining to flock away from low yielding money market funds as the U.S. debt ceiling impasse lingers on, reducing short-term liquidity.  Over the past two weeks investors have pulled out more than $62 billion from such funds echoing moves leading up to Lehman’s collapse where investors withdrew nearly $200 billion.  The loss of short-term liquidity may also act as a de-facto tightening for the U.S. economy, which has already begun showing signs of loosing steam moving into the second half.

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