Reserve Funds paid back an additional $1 billion of the once $63 billion Primary Fund to shareholders, leaving a remaining balance of $4.5 billion. The asset manager is holding $3.5 billion of that in a special reserve for legal and accounting fees.

Nonetheless, the federal judge overseeing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s distribution plan in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said he wants the fund firm to return at least most of the remaining money by Dec. 23.

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