WASHINGTON — A report by the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission recommends that the agency consider requiring mutual funds to explain in their semiannual and annual shareholder reports how much investors pay in fees.

The “Report of the Division of Investment Management on Mutual Fund Fees and Expenses,” released Wednesday, analyzes how fees have changed, identifies factors that may influence them, and recommends initiatives to improve the oversight of fund fees and the disclosure that investors receive.

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