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Connectedness and ContagionProtecting the Financial System from Panics$
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Hal S. Scott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034371

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034371.001.0001

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Money Market Mutual Fund Reform

Money Market Mutual Fund Reform

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(p.223) 19 Money Market Mutual Fund Reform
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Connectedness and Contagion
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Hal S. Scott

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034371.003.0019

Prime money market mutual funds (MMF) are particularly susceptible to runs given the inherently short-term nature of their liabilities and the riskiness of their assets as compared with government funds. Thus, it is a proper object of policy to minimize the possibility of prime money market fund runs. This chapter discusses the SEC's approach to MMF reform. The approach incorporates three elements: (1) enhanced liquidity requirements; (2) a floating net asset value (NAV) requirement for certain classes of money market funds; and (3) the possibility of imposing liquidity fees and redemption gates on money market funds, which would limit rapid MMF creditor outflows in times of stress. It specifically rejected imposing a capital requirement on these funds. At the outset it should be clear that the concern with contagion should only be with prime money market funds and municipal funds, and not with government funds, which are all but immune from runs.

Keywords:   financial regulation, regulatory reform, prime money market mutual funds, liquidity requirements, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, monetary policy, money market funds, net asset value

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