Money Market Funds vs. Money Market Accounts

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When deciding where to save and invest, your choices will depend on your goals, time frame for saving and risk tolerance. A money market fund is one option; a money market account is another. While they sound similar, they actually work very differently when it comes to growing your money over time. Further, only one of these is insured against loss by the FDIC. Understanding the differences between a money market account and a money market fund can help you decide which one to include in your saving and investing plans.

Money Market Fund, Definition

A money market fund is an investment vehicle, rather than a deposit account. You can invest in money market funds through an online brokerage, either inside a tax-advantaged savings account like an IRA or through a taxable brokerage account.

A money market fund is essentially a type of mutual fund that holds other securities, such

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