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Lehman bankruptcy breaks the buck at money-market fund
Reserve Primary Money Fund Falls Below $1 a Share
By Christopher Condon
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
BOSTON -- Reserve Primary Fund became the first money-market fund in 14 years to expose investors to losses after writing off $785 million of debt issued by bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
The fund, whose assets plunged more than 60 percent to $23 billion in the past two days, said the Lehman losses forced the net value of its assets below $1 a share, known as breaking the buck. Reserve Primary, the oldest money fund in the nation, fell to 97 cents a share and redemptions were suspended for as long as seven days. ...
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