Federated’s assets rose 31% in the final five months of 2008, from $271.1 billion on June 30 to $355.7 billion at year’s end. During the whole year, the firm’s money market funds took in $110 billion.

Analysts say Federated’s money market funds put it in a strong position, which is one of the reasons the firm’s stock is up 30% so far this year.

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