A TruthMarket Member Campaign Offers $5,000 Bounty Contesting S.E.C. Assertion that Money Market Funds are More Risky than Bank Deposits

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A funded campaign claiming the relative risks of money market funds are overblown issues a $5,000 challenge on the TruthMarket site that enables grassroots, crowd-funding of challenges to political and commercial misrepresentations

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Without this government subsidy, the "native" risk of money leveraged and managed by banks would exceed that of unleveraged money market funds that face daily competitive pricing pressures.

TruthMarket, a division of Truth Seal Corp., today announced that a registered member launched a campaign disputing S.E.C. assertions that money market funds are more risky than bank deposits. The first person to come up with verifiable proof of the S.E.C. assertion can win $5,000.

The TruthMarket campaign’s position is that the nation's financial services sector needs informed debate about the true risks of money market funds relative to banks. Money market funds are no longer eligible for Government-backed insurance. Banks, however, continue to benefit from FDIC insurance, paid for by the bank customers and further subsidized by Government support. Without this government subsidy, the "native" risk of money leveraged and managed by banks would exceed that of unleveraged money market funds that face daily competitive pricing pressures.

To win the $5,000 bounty, a campaign challenger must provide verifiable evidence that since the year 2000 the frequency of bank failures has been reliably lower than the frequency of money market fund failures. For definitional clarity, 'failures' of banks must include dissolutions, regulatory sponsored consolidations, and instances of exigent and excessive asset liquidations. In the case of money market funds, 'failures' must include instances where they broke the buck or would have except for fund family intervention.

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