Looking for answers to the mutual fund marketing and distribution puzzle, bankers are expected to turn out in droves for the Investment Company Institute's annual general membership meeting in Washington this week.

Bankers in the fund business are increasingly realizing that their extensive branch networks are not providing the competitive edge they once hoped they would. Programs such as Charles Schwab & Co.'s OneSource - a no-transaction-fee mutual fund supermarket - are forcing banks to re- examine how they sell funds to their retail customers.

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