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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Reserve Scraps its Primary Fund

Reported by Erin Kello

The Reserve is liquidating its Primary Fund. The fund, which is now infamous for being the first to break the buck since 1994, has been marked for liquidation by trustees. Cash distributions will begin on or about October 13, for all investors who had money in the fund as of as of the close of business on September 15.

For the full story on the the death of the Reserve and its Primary Fund, see MFWire's timeline.

The assets that will be distributed among the remaining shareholders total $20 billion, a fraction of the $62 billion in AUM the fund had at the opening of business on September 15.

The huge outflow of assets in a single day sparked a lawsuit from Ameriprise alleging that the company tipped off some large institutional investors that the fund was going to break the buck (see The MFWire, September 22, 2008).

Three brokerages, Ameriprise, TD Ameritrade and RBC have all pledged money to make their investors in the fund whole again. Together they have kicked in $118 million to cover the anticipated three cent per share deficit.




Company Press Release

New York, September 29, 2008 - The Board of Trustees of The Reserve Fund (the “Trust”) announced today that it has voted to liquidate the assets of The Primary Fund, a series of The Trust. The Board also approved a distribution in cash to all investors in the Primary Fund as of the close of business on September 15, 2008, including investors that have submitted redemption orders to date that have not been funded (“Investors”). Under an exemption order received under Section 22(e) of the Investment Company Act, distributions are subject to the supervision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), and these payments are being made pursuant thereto. The distribution is expected to occur on or about October 13, 2008.

The distribution will aggregate $20 billion, which represents approximately 32% of the Primary Fund’s total assets as of the close of business on September 12, 2008. The distribution will be made to all Investors pro rata in proportion to the number of shares each Investor held as of the close of business on September 15, 2008 (for this purpose, shares tendered for redemption on that date that have not yet been funded are included in determining shares held by an Investor).

Distributions to shareholders that have not submitted redemption orders as of the date of this notice will constitute an involuntary redemption of Fund shares held by those shareholders.

The Board and the Fund’s adviser are working diligently and in conjunction with the Commission to develop a plan to distribute Fund assets in a fair and equitable manner. The Fund cannot currently estimate when additional distributions to investors will be made. However, the Board and the Fund’s adviser are acting as expeditiously as markets permit to restore liquidity to investors. As developments occur, every effort will be made to communicate them to investors.
 

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