Money market funds are often where the buck stops, and starts, for mutual fund companies.

Retail and institutional investors alike frequently use these plain-vanilla types of investments like checking accounts, or park their money in them before they move into or out of other types of funds. Thus, they've been very successful in retaining assets at fund complexes during periods of market uncertainty, but with the markets as bad as they are, the love of money market funds may be waning.

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