BankAmerica Corp.'s planned acquisition of Robertson Stephens & Company Group comes with a bonus: a tripling of the bank's stock mutual fund assets under management.

Though BankAmerica is buying Robertson Stephens mainly for its equity underwriting and research expertise, the securities firm also brings $2.8 billion in equity funds. That's a clear boost for a bank that has been slow to grow its own equity funds, experts said.

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