Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is banking on its wholesalers — and an emphasis on fee-based distribution channels — to carry its mutual fund and 529 college savings plan businesses through the market turbulence, says the head of those businesses.

Keith Sloane, the senior vice president in charge of the businesses, said that part of his approach is to avoid obsessing about the direction of the stock market. "I know that there is nothing I can do to affect it," he said.

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