Saturday, August 19, 2006

PayPal money market yield unchanged at 5.01%

Here are some recent money market mutual fund yields:

  • iMoneyNet average taxable money market fund 7-day yield at 4.71%
  • PayPal money market fund 7-day yield was unchanged at 5.01%
  • ShareBuilder money market fund (BDMXX) 7-day yield was unchanged at 4.51%
  • Fidelity Cash Reserves money market fund (FDRXX) 7-day yield rose from 4.97% to 4.98%
  • Fidelity Prime Reserves money market fund (FPRXX) 7-day yield rose from 4.45% to 4.46%
  • 28-day (1-month) T-bill investment rate fell from 5.23% to 5.17%
  • 91-day (3-month) T-bill investment rate fell from 5.12% to 5.11%
  • 182-day (6-month) T-bill investment rate rose from 5.19% to 5.23%

PayPal is looking like a fairly interesting place to store cash for both relatively quick access and a well above average yield. There is no minimum for a PayPal account, no fee for a basic account, and it can be linked to your bank checking acccount for easy access. Unfortunately, there are limits to how much money you can "receive" in your PayPal money market account each month. For example, I would not be able to move all of the cash in my Siebert taxable account to PayPal in one month.

Right now, 28-day T-bills feel more attractive for cash that you won't need for a month, but there is no guarantee that the interest rate on the next weekly Treasury T-bill auction will be as attractive. The other catch on the T-bills (besides being locked up for 28 days) is that the unit of investment is $1,000, so you have to find some other place to put any fraction of $1,000, including any interest you might accrue.

As always, please note that cash placed in money market mutual funds is subject the the disclaimer that:

An investment in the Fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation or any other government agency. Although the Fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the Fund.

In practice, that is not a problem at all, but it does incline me to spread my money arround a bit.

T-bills and the cash in your bank checking account or bank CD are of course "protected", either by "the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury" or the FDIC.

-- Jack Krupansky


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