Treasury Extends Money Market Guarantee Program

November 24, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The U.S. Treasury Department has extended their Temporary Guarantee Program for Money Market Funds until April 30, 2009 to "support ongoing stability in this market".

In a press release, the Treasury Department noted that all money market funds that currently participate in the program and meet the extension requirements are eligible to continue to participate – however, those funds that currently are not participating in the program are not eligible to enter the program. The temporary guarantee program will continue to provide coverage to shareholders up to amounts that they held in participating money market funds as of the close of business on September 19 (see  Treasury Expands Money-Market Guarantee Program ).

In order to qualify for the extension, funds must make a program extension payment and submit the  extension notice by December 5. A Treasury press release says that the amount of the payment for the extension period will be based on a fund’s net asset value as of September 19.   For funds that had a market-based net asset value greater than or equal to 99.75% of their stable share price, the payment will be 0.015%, 1.5 basis points, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding on September 19. For funds that had a market-based net asset value less than 99.75% of their stable share price but greater than or equal to 99.50% of their stable share price, the payment will be 0.022%, 2.2 basis points, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding on September 19.

While the program protects the accounts of investors, each money market fund makes the decision to sign-up for the program, the Treasury Department noted. Investors cannot sign-up for the program individually. The program currently covers over $3 trillion of assets.

It was noted that the Treasury Secretary may extend the program until September 18, 2009, but that no decision has been made to extend the program beyond April 30, 2009. If a fund does not participate in this extension, that fund will not be eligible to participate in any potential further extension of the program.


The extension notice is at  http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/reports/moneymarketextension.pdf

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