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Money market fund assets fall to $2.546 trillion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $22.71 billion to $2.546 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.

Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose $660 million to $885.01 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade group said Thursday. Assets of taxable money market funds in the retail category rose $1.19 billion to $698.42 billion. Tax-exempt retail fund assets fell $530 million to $186.59 billion.

Meanwhile, assets of institutional money market funds fell $23.37 billion to $1.661 trillion. Among institutional funds, taxable money market fund assets fell $22.52 billion to $1.582 trillion. Assets of tax-exempt funds fell $850 million to $79.05 billion.

The seven-day average yield on money market mutual funds was unchanged from the previous week at 0.02 percent in the week that ended Tuesday, according to Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNet Inc. in Westborough, Mass.

The 30-day average yield was also unchanged from last week at 0.03 percent. The seven-day compounded was flat at 0.02 percent. The 30-day compounded yield was unchanged at 0.03 percent, Money Fund Report said.

The average maturity of portfolios held by money market mutual funds rose to 50 days from 49 days.

The online service Bankrate.com said its survey of 100 leading commercial banks, savings and loan associations and savings banks in the nation's 10 largest markets showed the annual percentage yield available on money market accounts was unchanged from the week before at 0.11 percent.

The North Palm Beach, Fla.-based unit of Bankrate Inc. said the annual percentage yield available on interest-bearing checking accounts was flat from the week before at 0.05 percent.

Bankrate.com said the annual percentage yield on six-month certificates of deposit was unchanged at 0.18 percent. It was flat at 0.29 percent on one-year CDs. It fell to 0.46 percent from 0.47 percent on two-year CDs. It was unchanged at 0.45 percent on two-and-a-half-year CDs. It fell to 0.95 percent from 0.96 percent on five-year CDs.