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Why does the Morningstar overview of VMMXX say 81% cash?

Morningstar's definition of cash includes "cash equivalents (fixed-income securities with a maturity of one year or less)". So I'm guessing 81% of its holdings are short-term enough to fall into this ...
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What is the smartest thing to do in case of a stock market crash

Remind yourself that markets recover, usually within a few years. If you believe this and can remind yourself of this, you will be able to see the down cycles of the market as an opportunity to buy ...
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Is it totally legal to refuse the payment of mature commercial paper debt?

It'd be more accurate to say that you have no priority claim on the assets of the company. With a secured loan, you have security over the collateral and if the company failed to repay the loan you ...
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How does tiktok company earn money?

First off you need to consider startups aggressively subsidize their offer early on in order to capture market share. Popular examples of startups valued at billions of $ that were/are in the red ...
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Is there any drawback in putting all my 401K into a money market fund?

What you're describing is called timing the market. That is, if you correctly predict when the market will drop, you can sell before the drop, wait for the drop, then buy after the drop has occurred. ...
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Is it totally legal to refuse the payment of mature commercial paper debt?

with no consequence other than a dismal credit rating? I'd say that's a pretty severe consequence, given that at some point in the future they'll need to borrow money again, and no one will lend it ...
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Who is buying all the debt?

Starting with your first question, why would anyone want to lend money at such a low interest rate?: Look at the loan as an investment Any investment has a risk/return profile. Getting higher returns ...
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Can you lose money in Vanguard money market settlement fund?

Possible but very unlikely. Money market funds invest in high grade liquid assets and the primary goal is not to lose money. I have not been able to find an example of a Vanguard money market fund ...
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What is a Government Money Market Fund?

EDIT: answered the title question. What is a Government Money Market Fund? What it says on the tin: it's a money market fund backed by very short term government bonds. Is this a Fund to ...
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What is a Government Money Market Fund?

Can someone explain what do you mean by Government Money Market Fund? I looked at the link you provided and pulled the list of: Composition by Instrument (The makeup of a fund's portfolio expressed ...
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What is the smartest thing to do in case of a stock market crash

First, there will always be people who think the market is about to crash. It doesn't really crash very often. When it does crash, they always say they predicted it. Well, even a blind squirrel finds ...
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What is the smartest thing to do in case of a stock market crash

If you know the market will crash, you could opt for going short. However, if you think this is too risky, not investing at all is probably your best move. In case of crises, correlation go up and ...
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Is there any drawback in putting all my 401K into a money market fund?

The drawback is not knowing when prices have reached a level where you are comfortable getting back in. Someone who got out at S&P 1500 before the crash of '08 was very happy. But did they get ...
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Who is buying all the debt?

To a large extent, central banks. In order to stimulate economies, the central banks are lending out money at interest rates that are well below the rate of inflation. If you are a bank, and you can ...
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Shift from aggressive investment to Money Market

If you look at history, it shows that the more people predict corrections the less was the chance they came. That doesn't prove it stays so, though. 2017 is not any different than other years in the ...
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Bank money market account vs. Brokerage money market fund

The number one difference is that bank savings accounts, or money market accounts (MMAs allow limited checking--six non-ATM withdrawals per month, max, else possible fees) have FDIC insurance up to $...
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What's the point of a savings account, when I can put savings in money market?

In the United States, savings accounts are insured by the FDIC. If the bank fails, your money will still be safe. Money market accounts are not FDIC insured. Further, while generally safe ...
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What percent of your portfolio should be in a money market account?

I would disagree with your analysis. To me there are two purposes for a money market (MM): Emergency Fund Pre-purchase money parking fund Your emergency fund should be from 3 to 6 months of ...
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What's different about a "money market" account here?

Most banks will not allow you to use online bill pay with a savings account as the funding source; rather, instead it must be funded from either a checking or money market account. The reason for this ...
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What are the downsides to high-interest savings accounts?

The main reason people go with lower interest accounts is for convenience of having the money in the same institution with other accounts (like checking, auto loans, credit cards, etc.) with their ...
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Saving account vs. money market - do my numbers add up?

The return being quoted should be net of expenses, so 0.24% would be what you would be getting once the expenses are taken out. See this answer for more information about the different kinds of ...
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How come Money Market Funds always return a NAV of $1

The Wikipedia explanation suggests that: "With net asset values reported flat at $1.00, despite the market value variance of the actual underlying assets, an impression of rock solid stability is ...
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What's the point of a savings account, when I can put savings in money market?

You have to decide how to handle the 6 month emergency fund. You have to decide: - how much risk (most pick extremely low risk); - Ease of access; - Separation of funds; - Liquidity. Some decide ...
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What does this mean,"Reinvigorating Human Capital"?

It's a term that refers to human productivity and experience. Here's a great definition for it from Investopedia: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/humancapital.asp They're saying they want to get ...
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Who is buying all the debt?

Those low interest rate home loans are tied in with the fixed income markets. In that context the question is not so much "how does my 30-year home loan have an interest rate lower than inflation&...
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How can a fund have negative "Net Other Assets"?

Net Other Assets include cash and receivables and payables related to open security or capital stock trades. Presumably they have higher payables (a short-term liability) than receivables and cash, ...
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What happens if someone destroy money?

Depending on the country, nothing. For example, the US has about $1.3 trillion dollars of cash in circulation. Which means that if you were to burn a million dollars of it, that would be 0.000077% ...
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How safe are money market accounts with online banks like CapitalOne?

I wanted to know how safe is such investment with online banks vis-a-vis regular banks? As far as I know, neither money market accounts nor savings accounts have any investment risk (within reason) ...
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