Fleet Financial Group plans to focus this year on selling its $18 billion Galaxy Funds through third parties.

But the Boston banking company does not plan to following the typical wholesaling route, said Robert L. Ash, a managing director with Fleet Investment Management. Instead of simply "standing on line" behind the thousands of mutual funds looking for a niche in the nation's brokerages, Fleet will try to forge mutually beneficial alliances, Mr. Ash said.

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