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Money market deposit accounts vs. money market funds

Distinguish these two separate entities by learning the differences between them.

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There is a lot of confusion around money market deposit accounts and money market mutual funds. Many individuals mistakenly believe that a money market deposit account is a mutual fund or equity account. Money market deposit accounts and money market mutual funds are both considered cash alternatives, but read on to discover their important differences.

Money market deposit accounts

These accounts offer the benefits of both a savings and checking account. The customer earns interest while still being able to write checks and withdraw or transfer funds. They sometimes offer higher interest rates than a regular savings account, but the primary difference from checking accounts is that money market deposit accounts are limited to six transfers or withdrawals per month. Transfers to a third party are also limited to six per statement cycle if made by check, draft, or debit card (point-of-sale).

Accounts that exceed these limitations may be subject to a fee and/or closed. (Savings accounts have transaction limits, as well. Checking accounts do not have transaction limits.)

Money market mutual funds

These seek to preserve the amount invested by maintaining a net asset value (NAV1) of $1 per share. They may also produce a small, but not guaranteed, return for the investor. Portfolios are comprised of short-term (less than one year) securities representing high-quality, liquid debt and monetary instruments. Examples include short-term obligations issued or guaranteed by U. S. Corporations or state and municipal governments, high-grade commercial paper, and U.S. Treasury securities. Money market mutual funds are not FDIC insured.

Money market funds are not appropriate for individuals that are seeking an investment that is likely to significantly outpace inflation, investing for retirement or other long term goals and/or, investing for growth or maximum current income.

In summary, a money market deposit account or money market mutual fund may be a good fit for you if you are seeking an investment for the cash portion of an asset allocation program, are looking for an investment with a lower degree of risk during uncertain economic times or periods of stock market volatility, and/or consider yourself a saver rather than an investor.

With a State Farm Bank®Money Market Savings Account, you can save for the future while potentially earning a great rate. Talk to a State Farm agent today about any of the products or services that State Farm® or State Farm Bank offers.

1 Net Asset Value (NAV) is calculated by adding all of the assets of a Fund, subtracting the Fund's liabilities, then dividing by the number of outstanding shares.

AP2018/06/0753

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You could lose money by investing in the Money Market Fund. Although the Fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") or any other government agency. The Fund's sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the Fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the Fund at any time.

Neither State Farm® nor its agents provide tax or legal advice.

State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Bloomington, Illinois ("Bank"), is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. NMLS ID 139716. The other products offered by affiliate companies of State Farm Bank are not FDIC insured, not a State Farm Bank obligation or guaranteed by State Farm Bank, and may be subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal invested. The Bank encourages any interested individual(s) to submit an application for any product(s) offered by the Bank. We also encourage you to obtain information regarding the Bank's underwriting standards for each type of credit or service offered by visiting statefarm.com® or by contacting the Bank at 877-SF4-BANK (877-734-2265). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or do not use your voice to communicate, you may contact us via 711 or other relay services. To apply for a Bank product, you may also see your participating State Farm® agent.


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