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Industry Groups Battle Over Soft Dollars

Traders Magazine, August 2004

Editorial Staff

Another group is making its case to the regulators that professionals using soft-dollar arrangement profit at the expense of investors. "Soft-dollar arrangements benefit a fund's adviser because it is spared the expense of purchasing or obtaining its own research provided by the broker dealer," according to a paper recently sent to the SEC by the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. The trade group contends that soft dollars inevitably lead to potential conflicts of interest.

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