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Englander’s Millennium Funds May Lose $1 Billion to Withdrawals

Bloomberg – Millennium Partners LP, the $13.5 billion hedge-fund firm run by Israel Englander, plans to return $1 billion to investors who asked for their cash back by year-end, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The redemptions, equal to 7.4 percent of client assets, would have been higher except the New York-based firm limits redemptions in any quarter, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. A spokeswoman for Millennium declined to comment.

Millennium lost about 3 percent this year through October, the people said, compared with hedge funds’ average decline of 16 percent, according to data compiled by Hedge Fund Research Inc. Two percentage points of Millennium’s loss were caused by assets frozen in the September bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., one of the people said.

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