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Funds, SEC Watch General American

Mutual fund companies and the SEC are watching developments at General American Life Insurance Company of St. Louis, Mo. A handful of fund companies, including OppenheimerFunds of New York, Federated Investors of Pittsburgh, Northern Trust Corp. of Chicago and Alliance Capital Management LP of New York, hold in their money market funds, short-term funding agreements issued by General American. The firm was placed under the supervision of Missouri insurance regulators Aug. 11. Representatives of the funds said they expect their investments will be repaid. "It's illiquidity, not insolvency," said J.T. Tuskan, a spokesperson for Federated. The SEC is monitoring the situation, a spokesperson said.