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Money Fund Intelligence XLS News

Jan 14
 

Below, we reprint the article, "Top Money Funds of 2019; 11th Annual MFI Awards," from the January edition of our Money Fund Intelligence.... In this issue, we recognize the top-performing money funds, ranked by total returns, for calendar year 2019, as well as the top funds for the past 5-year and 10-year periods. We present the funds below with our annual Money Fund Intelligence Awards. These are given to the No. 1-ranked funds based on 1-year, 5-year and 10-year returns, through Dec. 31, 2019, in each of our major fund categories -- Prime Institutional, Government Institutional, Treasury Institutional, Prime Retail, Government Retail, Treasury Retail and Tax‐Exempt.

The Top-Performing Prime Institutional fund (and fund overall) was BlackRock Cash Inst MMF SL (BRC01), which returned 2.49% (with 125 funds total), but DWS ESG Liquidity Inst (ESGXX) was first if restricted funds are excluded with a return of 2.41%. For Prime Retail funds, Vanguard Variable Insurance MM Fund (VAN03) ranked No. 1 (2.32%, 81 funds total), but Fidelity Inv MM: MM Port Inst (FNSXX) had the best return in 2019 (2.30%) if restricted funds are excluded.

The Top‐Performing Government Institutional funds in 2019 were Fidelity Flex Govt Money Market Fund (FLGXX) and Fidelity Series Govt Money Market Fund (FGNXX), which both returned 2.27% (144 funds total). AIG Govt MMF Class A (SMAXX) and American Century US Govt MM G (AGGXX) were the Top Government Retail funds over 1‐year with returns of 2.25% (155 funds total).

BlackRock Select Treas Strategies Inst (MLSXX) ranked No. 1 in the Treasury Institutional class with a return of 2.39% (134 funds total). Federated Trust for US Treas Obl IS (TTOXX) was No. 1 among Treasury Retail funds, returning 2.05% (72 funds total).

Top Funds over Past Five Years. For the 5‐year period through Dec. 31, 2019, DWS ESG Liquidity Cap (ESIXX) took top honors for the best performing Prime Institutional money fund with a return of 1.31% (108 funds total). Fidelity Inv MM: MM Port Inst (FNSXX) ranked No. 1 among Prime Retail with an annualized return of 1.23% (62 funds total).

Dreyfus Inst Pref Govt Plus MF (DRF03) ranked No. 1 among Govt Institutional funds with a return of 1.06% (103 funds total), while Vanguard Federal Money Mkt Fund (VMFXX) ranked No. 1 among Govt Retail funds over the past 5 years with a return of 1.01% (137 funds total). BlackRock Select Treas Strategies Inst (MLSXX) ranked No. 1 in 5‐year performance among Treasury Inst money funds with a return of 1.00% (117 funds total). Federated Trust for US Treas Obl IS (TTOXX) ranked No. 1 among Treasury Retail funds with a return of 0.94% (66 funds total).

Best Money Funds of the Decade. The highest performer of the past 10 years and No. 1 among Prime Inst MMFs was BlackRock Cash Inst MMF SL (BRC01) or Morgan Stanley Inst Liq ESG MMP Inst (MPUXX) if you exclude restricted funds. They returned 0.74% and 0.68%, respectively (97 funds total). Fidelity Inv MM: MM Port Inst (FNSXX), which returned 0.71% (62 funds total), was best among Prime Retail.

UBS Liquid Assets Govt Fund (UBS02), which returned 0.60% (99 funds total), (No. 1 among Govt Inst funds); Vanguard Federal Money Mkt Fund (VMFXX) ranked No. 1 among Govt Retail funds, returning 0.51% (132 funds total). BlackRock Select Treas Strategies Inst (MLSXX) returned the most among Treasury Inst funds over the past 10 years at 0.56% (104 funds total). Federated Trust for US Treas Obl IS (TTOXX) ranked No. 1 among Treasury Retail MMFs at 0.47% (104 funds total).

Top Tax‐Exempt Funds. We're also giving out awards for the best‐performing Tax‐Exempt money funds. Fidelity SAI Muni Money Market Fund (FMQXX) ranked No. 1 for the 1‐year period ended Dec. 31, 2019, with a return of 1.55% (88 funds total). Over the last 5 years, Federated Municipal Obligs WS (MOFXX) was the top performer with a return of 0.81% (83 funds total). BMO Tax Free MMF Premier (MFIXX) was the top‐ranked fund for the 10‐year period with a return of 0.48% (78 funds total).

See the MFI Award Winner listings on page 6 of the MFI newsletter, and see our latest MFI XLS for more detailed rankings. The tables on page 6 show the No. 1 ranked money fund for each category based on 1‐year, 5‐year, and 10‐year annualized total returns.

Jan 02
 

With the coming of the New Year, Crane Data is ramping up preparations for its 2020 conference calendar and for its big show, Money Fund Symposium. Crane's Money Fund Symposium, the largest gathering of money market fund managers and cash investors in the world, will take place June 24-26, 2020 at The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minn. The preliminary agenda is now available and registrations are now being taken. Money Fund Symposium attracts money fund managers, marketers and servicers, cash investors, money market securities dealers, issuers, and regulators. We review our draft agenda (which is still in flux), as well as the rest of Crane Data's 2020 conferences, below.

Our MF Symposium Agenda kicks off on Wednesday, June 24 with a keynote on "Money Funds, Banking & Funding" from Jim Palmer of U.S. Bancorp A.M. (and likely another U.S. Bank speaker). The rest of the Day 1 agenda includes: "Treasury Issuance & Repo Update," with Mark Cabana of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Tom Katzenbach of the U.S. Treasury; a "Corporate Investor, Portal & ESG MMF Discussion" with Tom Callahan of BlackRock, Tom Hunt of AFP, and Mark Adamson of Wells Fargo Securities; and, a "Major Money Fund Issues 2020" panel with Tracy Hopkins of Dreyfus/BNY Mellon Cash Investment Strategies, Jeff Weaver of Wells Fargo Asset Management and Peter Yi of Northern Trust Asset Management. (The evening's reception is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.)

Day 2 of Money Fund Symposium 2020 begins with "The State of the Money Fund Industry," which features Peter Crane of Crane Data and Deborah Cunningham of Federated Investors, followed by a "Senior Portfolio Manager Perspectives" panel, including Linda Klingman of Charles Schwab I.M., Nafis Smith of Vanguard and John Tobin of J.P. Morgan Asset Mgmt. Next up is "Government & Treasury Money Fund Issues," with Mike Bird of Wells Fargo Funds and Geoff Gibbs of DWS. The morning concludes with a "Muni & Tax Exempt Money Fund Update," featuring Colleen Meehan of Dreyfus, John Vetter of Fidelity and Sean Saroya of J.P. Morgan Securities.

The Afternoon of Day 2 (after a Dreyfus-sponsored lunch) features the segments: "Dealer's Choice: Supply, New Securities & CP" with moderator, Jeff Plotnik of U.S. Bancorp Asset Mgmt., Robe Crowe of Citi Global Markets, John Kodweis of J.P. Morgan Securities and Stewart Cutler of Barclays; "Fund Ratings Focus: Governance, Global & LGIPs" with Robert Callagy of Moody's Investors Service, Greg Fayvilevich of Fitch Ratings, and Michael Masih of S&P Global Ratings; "Ultra-Short, ETFs & Alt-Cash Update," with Alex Roever of J.P. Morgan Securities, Laurie Brignac of Invesco and Michael Morin of Fidelity Investments. The day's wrap-up presentation is "Brokerage Sweeps, Bank Deposits & Fin-Tech" involving Chris Melin of Ameriprise Financial and another speaker . (The Day 2 reception is sponsored by Barclays.)

The third day of the Symposium features the sessions: "Strategists Speak '20: Fed & Rates, Repo & SOFR" with Joseph Abate from the Barclays, Priya Misra of the TD Securities and Garret Sloan of Wells Fargo Securities; "Regulatory & Misc. Issues: ESG, ETF, European," with Brenden Carroll of Dechert LLP and Rob Sabatino of UBS Asset Mgmt; an additional session TBD; and, "Money Fund Statistics & Disclosures" with Peter Crane.

Visit the MF Symposium website at www.moneyfundsymposium.com) for more details. Registration is $750, and discounted hotel reservations are available. We hope you'll join us in Minneapolis this June! We'd like to encourage attendees, speakers and sponsors to register and make hotel reservations early. Note that some of our speakers have yet to confirm their participation, and the agenda is still in the process of being finalized, so watch for tweaks in coming weeks. E-mail us at info@cranedata.com to request the full brochure, or click here to see the latest.

In other Crane conference news, we're also making final preparations for Crane's Money Fund University, which will be held January 23-24, 2020 at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. Our 10th annual Money Fund University will cover the history of money funds, interest rates, regulations (Rule 2a-7), ratings, rankings, money market instruments such as commercial paper, CDs and repo, and portfolio construction and credit analysis. We also include segments on offshore money funds and ultra-short bond funds.

Money Fund University's comprehensive program is good for both beginners and experienced professionals looking for a refresher. The final agenda is available online and we are still accepting registrations. (We're also willing to "comp" tickets for large Crane Data or sponsor clients, so let us know if you're interested.) Register and make your hotel reservations ASAP!

We're also getting ready for our fourth annual Crane's Bond Fund Symposium, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, March 23-24. (Click here to see the agenda.) Bond Fund Symposium is the only conference devoted entirely to bond mutual funds, bringing together bond fund managers, marketers, and professionals with fixed-income issuers, investors and service providers. The majority of the content is aimed at the growing ultra-short and conservative ultra-short bond fund marketplace.

Crane Data, which recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Bond Fund Intelligence publication and BFI XLS bond fund information service and benchmarks, continues to expand its fixed income fund offerings with the recent launch of Bond Fund Wisdom product and Bond Fund Portfolio Holdings dataset. Bond Fund Symposium offers attendees a concentrated and affordable educational experience, as well as an excellent networking venue. Registration for Bond Fund Symposium is $750; exhibit space is $2,000 (includes 2 tickets); and sponsorship opportunities are $3K, $4K, $5K and $6K. Our mission is to deliver the best possible conference content at an affordable price to bond fund professionals and investors.

Finally, we've also set the dates and location for our next European Money Fund Symposium. It is scheduled for Sept. 17-18, 2020, in Paris, France. Let us know if you'd like more details on any of our events, and we hope to see you in Providence, Boston, Minneapolis or Paris in 2020. Happy New Year!

Dec 11
 

Crane Data released its December Money Fund Portfolio Holdings Tuesday, and our most recent collection, with data as of Nov. 30, 2019, shows a big increase in Treasuries and another drop in Repo. Money market securities held by Taxable U.S. money funds (tracked by Crane Data) increased by $20.8 billion to $3.786 trillion last month, after increasing $75.8 billion in October, $92.6 billion in September and $93.0 billion in August. Repo continues to be the largest portfolio segment closely followed by Treasury securities, then Agencies. CP remained fourth ahead of CDs, Other/Time Deposits and VRDNs. Below, we review our latest Money Fund Portfolio Holdings statistics. (Visit our Content center to download the latest files, or contact us to see our latest Portfolio Holdings reports.)

Among taxable money funds, Repurchase Agreements (repo) fell by $35.2 billion (-3.0%) to $1.158 trillion, or 30.6% of holdings, after decreasing $24.7 billion in October and $76.8 billion in September but increasing $20.5 billion in August. Treasury securities rose $55.3 billion (5.2%) to $1.126 trillion, or 29.7% of holdings, after increasing $30.2 billion in October, $134.7 billion in September and $89.8 billion in August. Government Agency Debt decreased by $19.2 billion (-2.4%) to $765.8 billion, or 20.2% of holdings, after increasing $39.4 billion in October and $39.2 billion in September but decreasing $9.9 billion in August. Repo, Treasuries and Agencies totaled $3.050 trillion, representing a massive 80.6% of all taxable holdings.

Money funds' holdings of CP, CD and Other (mainly Time Deposits) securities all rose in November. Commercial Paper (CP) increased $5.1 billion (1.5%) to $346.9 billion, or 9.2% of holdings, after increasing $13.9 billion in October and $7.4 billion in September but decreasing $15 billion in August. Certificates of Deposit (CDs) rose by $12.6 billion (4.8%) to $275.2 billion, or 7.3% of taxable assets, after increasing $12.6 billion in October, decreasing $7.5 billion in September and increasing $4.5 billion in August. Other holdings, primarily Time Deposits, increased $2.3 billion (2.2%) to $107.0 billion, or 2.8% of holdings, after increasing $5.0 billion in October, decreasing $4.6 billion in September and increasing $3.4 billion in August. VRDNs dropped to $6.7 billion, or 0.2% of assets. (Note: This total is VRDNs for taxable funds only. We will publish Tax Exempt MMF holdings separately late Wednesday.)

Prime money fund assets tracked by Crane Data increased $14 billion to $1.093 trillion, or 28.9% of taxable money funds' $3.786 trillion total. Among Prime money funds, CDs represent 25.2% (up from 24.3% a month ago), while Commercial Paper accounted for 31.7% (down from 31.9%). The CP totals are comprised of: Financial Company CP, which makes up 20.2% of total holdings, Asset-Backed CP, which accounts for 6.5%, and Non-Financial Company CP, which makes up 5.0%. Prime funds also hold 5.7% in US Govt Agency Debt, 10.5% in US Treasury Debt, 6.5% in US Treasury Repo, 1.3% in Other Instruments, 5.9% in Non-Negotiable Time Deposits, 4.9% in Other Repo, 5.4% in US Government Agency Repo and 0.5% in VRDNs.

Government money fund portfolios totaled $1.829 trillion (48.3% of all MMF assets), down $4.0 billion from $1.833 trillion in October, while Treasury money fund assets totaled another $864 billion (22.8%), up from $853 billion the prior month. Government money fund portfolios were made up of 38.5% US Govt Agency Debt, 18.9% US Government Agency Repo, 20.5% US Treasury debt and 21.9% in US Treasury Repo. Treasury money funds were comprised of 73.7% US Treasury debt, 26.2% in US Treasury Repo, and 0.0% in Government agency repo, Other Instrument, and Investment Company shares. Government and Treasury funds combined now total $2.693 trillion, or 71.1% of all taxable money fund assets.

European-affiliated holdings (including repo) fell by $17.5 billion in November to $694.0 billion; their share of holdings fell to 18.3% from last month's 18.9%. Eurozone-affiliated holdings fell to $461.4 billion from last month's $488.0 billion; they account for 12.2% of overall taxable money fund holdings. Asia & Pacific related holdings rose by $11.1 billion to $362.9 billion (9.6% of the total). Americas related holdings rose $25.0 billion to $2.724 trillion and now represent 72.0% of holdings.

The overall taxable fund Repo totals were made up of: US Treasury Repurchase Agreements (up $9.1 billion, or 1.3%, to $698.8 billion, or 18.5% of assets); US Government Agency Repurchase Agreements (down $41.4 billion, or -9.2%, to $406.0 billion, or 10.7% of total holdings), and Other Repurchase Agreements (down $3.0 billion, or -5.4%, from last month to $53.3 billion, or 1.4% of holdings). The Commercial Paper totals were comprised of Financial Company Commercial Paper (down $0.7 billion to $221.2 billion, or 5.8% of assets), Asset Backed Commercial Paper (up $2.6 billion to $71.4 billion, or 1.9%), and Non-Financial Company Commercial Paper (up $3.3 billion to $54.3 billion, or 1.4%).

The 20 largest Issuers to taxable money market funds as of Nov. 30, 2019, include: the US Treasury ($1,126.3 billion, or 29.7%), Federal Home Loan Bank ($596.6B, 15.0%), Fixed Income Clearing Co ($140.2B, 3.7%), RBC ($134.9B, 3.6%), BNP Paribas ($104.7B, 2.8%), Federal Farm Credit Bank ($87.0B, 2.3%), JP Morgan ($83.8B, 2.2%), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc ($83.6B, 2.2%), Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co ($80.3B, 2.1%), Credit Agricole ($77.7B, 2.1%), Wells Fargo ($72.5B, 1.9%), Barclays ($66.6B, 1.8%), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co ($61.7B, 1.6%), Bank of America ($52.5B, 1.4%), Societe Generale ($52.2B, 1.4%), Natixis ($49.6B, 1.3%), Bank of Montreal ($49.4B, 1.3%), Toronto-Dominion Bank ($46.0B, 1.2%), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ($46.0B, 1.2%) and Bank of Nova Scotia ($44.4B, 1.2%).

In the repo space, the 10 largest Repo counterparties (dealers) with the amount of repo outstanding and market share (among the money funds we track) include: Fixed Income Clearing Co ($140.2B, 12.1%), RBC ($102.3B, 8.8%), BNP Paribas ($93.3B, 8.1%), JP Morgan ($71.4B, 6.2%), Wells Fargo ($59.1B, 5.1%), Credit Agricole ($56.8B, 4.9%), Barclays ($55.4B, 4.8%), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ($53.7B, 4.6%), Bank of America ($45.7B, 3.9%) and Societe Generale ($42.2B, 3.6%). Fed Repo positions among MMFs on 11/30/19 include just one fund, Goldman Sachs FS Govt ($0.5B).

The 10 largest issuers of "credit" -- CDs, CP and Other securities (including Time Deposits and Notes) combined -- include: Toronto-Dominion Bank $33.0B, 5.3%), RBC ($32.5B, 5.2%), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc ($29.9B, 4.8%), Credit Suisse ($28.3B, 4.5%), Bank of Nova Scotia ($24.8B, 4.0%), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co ($21.8B, 3.5%), Credit Agricole ($20.9B, 3.3%), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ($19.2B, 3.1%), Bank of Montreal ($18.6B, 3.0%) and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group ($18.4B, 2.9%).

The 10 largest CD issuers include: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc ($22.5B, 8.2%), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co ($16.7B, 6.1%), Bank of Montreal ($16.0B, 5.8%), Toronto-Dominion Bank ($14.5B, 5.3%), Mizuho Corporate Bank ($14.0B, 5.1%), Wells Fargo ($13.1B, 4.8%), Credit Suisse ($10.7B, 3.9%), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank ($10.0B, 3.6%), Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg ($9.8B, 3.6%) and Bank of Nova Scotia ($9.5B, 3.5%).

The 10 largest CP issuers (we include affiliated ABCP programs) include: RBC ($22.1B, 7.6%), Toronto-Dominion Bank ($17.2B, 5.9%), Credit Suisse ($17.1B, 5.9%), Bank of Nova Scotia ($14.6B, 5.0%), JP Morgan ($12.4B, 4.2%), National Australia Bank Ltd ($9.6B, 3.3%), Toyota ($9.0B, 3.1%), Societe Generale ($8.8B, 3.0%), DBS Bank ($8.5B, 2.9%) and BNP Paribas ($8.2B, 2.8)%.

The largest increases among Issuers include: US Treasury (up $55.3B to $1,126.3B), RBC (up $25.8B to $134.9B), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (up $9.0B to $46.0B), Goldman Sachs (up $6.1B to $24.4B), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (up $5.8B to $83.6B), Bank of Montreal (up $5.4B to $49.4B), Natixis (up $5.1B to $49.6B), Credit Agricole (up $4.9B to $77.7B), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co (up $3.7B to $61.7B) and Federal Farm Credit Bank (up $3.6B to $87.0B).

The largest decreases among Issuers of money market securities (including Repo) in Nov. were shown by: BNP Paribas (down $28.0B to $104.7B), Fixed Income Clearing Co (down $25.6B to $140.2B), Federal Home Loan Bank (down $13.3B to $569.6B), Wells Fargo (down $9.4B to $72.5B), Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co (down $5.9B to $80.3B), Societe Generale (down $4.8B to $52.2B), Federal National Mortgage Association (down $3.8B to $23.1B), Citi (down $3.2B to $33.3B), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (down $1.6B to $9.3B) and Daiwa Securities Group (down $1.5B to $10.1B).

The United States remained the largest segment of country-affiliations; it represents 63.0% of holdings, or $2.384 trillion. Canada (9.0%, $339.3B) was number two, and France (8.1%, $306.8B) was third. Japan (7.5%, $281.9B) occupied fourth place. The United Kingdom (3.6%, $134.3B) remained in fifth place. Germany (2.0%, $75.9B) was in sixth place, followed by The Netherlands (1.8%, $67.1B), Australia (1.5%, $56.7B), Sweden (1.1%, $41.3B) and Switzerland (1.1%, $40.4B). (Note: Crane Data attributes Treasury and Government repo to the dealer's parent country of origin, though money funds themselves "look-through" and consider these U.S. government securities. All money market securities must be U.S. dollar-denominated.)

As of Nov. 30, 2019, Taxable money funds held 34.0% (down from 36.4%) of their assets in securities maturing Overnight, and another 15.9% maturing in 2-7 days (up from 14.8% last month). Thus, 49.8% in total matures in 1-7 days. Another 15.6% matures in 8-30 days, while 12.4% matures in 31-60 days. Note that over three-quarters, or 77.8% of securities, mature in 60 days or less (down slightly from last month), the dividing line for use of amortized cost accounting under SEC regulations. The next bucket, 61-90 days, holds 9.3% of taxable securities, while 10.2% matures in 91-180 days, and just 2.7% matures beyond 181 days.

Dec 06
 

The December issue of our flagship Money Fund Intelligence newsletter, which was sent out to subscribers Friday morning, features the articles: "MMF Assets Kill It in 2019; Signs of Slowdown in '20?," which discusses torrid but slowing money fund asset growth; "Cavanal Hill's Kitchen: There Will Be Yield," which profiles VP & Senior Money Market Portfolio Manager Mike Kitchen; and, "Dreyfus 'Impact' Govt MMF Opens Social Front vs. ESG," which discusses the newest breed of social money funds. We've also updated our Money Fund Wisdom database with Nov. 30 statistics, and sent out our MFI XLS spreadsheet Friday a.m. (MFI, MFI XLS and our Crane Index products are all available to subscribers via our Content center.) Our December Money Fund Portfolio Holdings are scheduled to ship on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and our Dec. Bond Fund Intelligence is scheduled to go out Friday, Dec. 13.

MFI's "MMF Assets Kill It" article says, "Money fund assets moved higher again in November, and they're on pace to have their best year in a decade. But there are signs of a slowdown, and flat to lower rates in 2020 should begin tempering 2019's smoking inflow pace. Instead of 20% returns like we've seen this year, we should be lucky to get 10% in '20."

It continues, "Crane Data shows money fund assets increasing by $40.9 billion in November to $3.918 trillion, following gains of about $80 billion the previous 4 months in a row. While we've still got a shot at breaking $4.0 trillion by year end, it'll take a big December to do it."

Our "Cavanal Hill" piece reads, "This month, MFI interviews Cavanal Hill Investment Management VP & Senior Money Market Portfolio Manager Mike Kitchen, who runs Cavanal Hill's Government Securities Money Market Fund and U.S. Treasury Fund, Senior Tax Free Fixed Income Manager Rich Williams, and Repo Trader Ryan Friedl. They tell us about the history and latest priorities at Cavanal Hill, whose new tagline is 'Long live your money.' We also discuss the outlook and challenges facing money market funds in general. Our Q&A follows."

MFI says, "Give us some history. Kitchen responds, "Cavanal Hill began managing its first money market fund in the '90s. Our wealth management group itself traces its roots back to 1910, when Harry Sinclair, of Sinclair Oil, and some other oil men, founded what's now called Bank of Oklahoma. What we at BOK's Wealth Management Division, which Cavanal Hill is part of, traditionally do is, we manage money for ultra-wealthy clients and institutions, including one of the nation's oldest charitable trusts. We've got over 35 investment strategies, taxable fixed income, tax free, fundamental and quantitative equity and, of course, cash management."

He continues, "Cavanal Hill itself has about $8.0 billion under management and roughly $3.0 billion of that is in money market funds. According to MFI, we're the 36th largest out of 67 money fund families. So we're bigger than one might think.... There's a presence not just in Oklahoma, but places like Arkansas, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. We've got a big footprint in the heartland.... I've been here 20 years and this is all I've done here, manage the money market funds."

When asked, "What's your major priority?" Kitchen tells us, "It's always the same. It's the classic money fund value proposition -- balancing safety, liquidity and yield. We're always responsive to the competitive environment. As you know, right now we have a Government fund and a Treasury fund. Before 2016, we had a Prime fund and a Treasury fund. But like so many others, we transitioned the Prime to a government security or 'govie,' due to the 2016 Money Fund reforms."

Our "Impact" update says, "Dreyfus recently filed to change one of its Government money market mutual funds into a new breed of 'impact' or socially responsible funds, making it the second fund to date to funnel business through minority and other 'diversity' dealers. In related news, one of these diversity dealers, Mischler Financial, is ramping up its presence in 'cash'. (See yesterday's News, 'Mischler Financial Joins 'Impact' or Social Money Market Investing Wave.')"

The Prospectus Supplement for the $4.6 billon Dreyfus Government Securities Cash Management Fund tells us, "BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. generally will seek to place, over time, a majority of the aggregate dollar value of purchases and sales orders for Dreyfus Government Securities Cash Management's portfolio securities with dealers that are owned by minorities, women, disabled persons, veterans and members of other qualified and recognized diversity and inclusion groups, subject to the Adviser's duty to seek the best execution for the fund's orders."

The latest MFI also includes the News brief, "MMF Yields Flatten at 1.5%." It tells us, "Rates on money funds and brokerage sweep accounts are flattening out after declining in the weeks after the Fed's third, and possibly final, rate cut on Oct. 30. Our flagship Crane 100 MF Index inched down 0.01% to 1.50% over the past month. The Crane 100 is down from 1.81% on Sept. 30 and down from 2.18% June 30 and 2.23% at the start of 2019."

A second News piece, "SEC Warns on Brokerage Sweeps," reads, "Stephanie Avakian, the SEC's Co-​Director, Division of Enforcement, commented in a recent speech, "We are also looking at cash sweep arrangements. Cash in advisory accounts is often automatically swept into a money market mutual fund or a bank deposit sweep program. A dually-registered adviser or an adviser with an affiliated broker-dealer may have a financial interest, a conflict, in recommending one cash investment over another."

Our December MFI XLS, with Nov. 30 data, shows total assets rose by $40.9 billion in November to $3.917 trillion, after rising $85.2 billion in October, $80.2 billion in September and $86.9 billion in August. Our broad Crane Money Fund Average 7-Day Yield fell to 1.36% during the month, while our Crane 100 Money Fund Index (the 100 largest taxable funds) was down 17 basis points to 1.50%.

On a Gross Yield Basis (7-Day) (before expenses are taken out), the Crane MFA fell 16 basis points to 1.76% and the Crane 100 fell to 1.76%. Charged Expenses averaged 0.40% (down one basis point from last month) and 0.26% (unchanged), respectively for the Crane MFA and Crane 100. The average WAM (weighted average maturity) for the Crane MFA and Crane 100 was 34 and 37 days, respectively (up one day for both the Crane MFA and Crane 100). (See our Crane Index or craneindexes.xlsx history file for more on our averages.)