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In the wake of the events of September 2008, money market mutual funds have made significant changes to the way they invest. Those changes have been driven by business and investment needs as well as by substantial revisions to the regulatory framework in which funds operate. Yet, some policymakers and market participants are calling for additional regulatory or legislative action. This paper lays out the important role that money market mutual funds play in the short-term capital markets, traces the successful regulatory history of money market mutual funds and argues that suggested reforms would create, rather than reduce, systemic risk.

Date of Authorship for this Version

Spring 3-2011


Banking and Finance; Law and Economics; Securities Law