Fidelity investments plans to join the growing number of mutual fund companies offering back-end sales charges.

The Boston-based mutual funds giant is scheduled to add "B" shares to "a fair number" of the funds it sells through intermediaries by this spring, according to Nishan G. Vartabedian, executive vice president of Fidelity's bank services division. This pricing option tends to be popular in the bank channel because it functions much like a certificate of deposit, making it easier to explain to customers.

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