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Money market fund assets fell to $2.623 trillion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $8.89 billion to $2.623 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.

Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $3.22 billion to $905.44 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade group said Thursday. Assets of taxable money market funds in the retail category fell $1.73 billion to $711.64 billion. Tax-exempt retail fund assets fell $1.49 billion to $193.81 billion.

Meanwhile assets of institutional money market funds fell $5.67 billion to $1.717 trillion. Among institutional funds, taxable money market fund assets fell $4.09 billion to $1.639 trillion. Assets of tax-exempt funds fell $1.58 billion to $78.05 billion.

The 7-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 7-day compounded yield, the 30-day yield and the 30-day compounded yield all remained at 0.02 percent, Money Fund Report said Wednesday.

The average maturity of portfolios held by money market mutual funds rose to 48 days from 47 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 0.12 percent.

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

Bankrate.com said the annual percentage yield on six-month certificates of deposit were unchanged at 0.16 percent. It slipped to 0.25 percent from 0.26 percent on one-year CDs, to 0.40 percent from 0.41 percent on two-year CDs and to 0.81 percent from 0.82 percent on five-year CDs.