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U.S. money-market fund assets fell $13.01 billion for the week ended Jan. 10, the first full trading week of 2017, according to Money Fund Report®, an Informa Business Intelligence Inc. company.

Total fund assets settled at $2.664 trillion for the week. Taxable money-fund assets declined $14.38 billion to $2.532 trillion. Government Institutional fund assets were down by $21.60 billion. Prime Institutional fund assets increased $4.57 billion. Taxable Retail fund assets rose by $2.65 billion.

Tax-Free fund assets were up by $1.37 billion, raising their total to $131.64 billion, their first gains of more than $1.00 billion since last November.

The iMoneyNet Money Fund Average™ 7-Day Simple Yield for All Taxable money-market funds increased to 0.25 percent from 0.24 percent the week before. The iMoneyNet Money Fund Average™ 7-Day Simple Yield for All Tax-Free and Municipal money-market funds decreased to 0.24 percent from 0.27 percent the previous week.

There were 863 taxable and 237 tax-free and municipal money-market funds reporting this week. iMoneyNet has tracked taxable MMFs since 1975, tax-free funds since 1981, and non-U.S. money funds since 1999.

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