For banks in the mutual fund business, the upcoming marriage of Keycorp and Society Corp. is more than just a megamerger -- it will be the first example of the result when two banks with ambitious mutual fund programs combine.

In fact, the potential for synergies between the two fund businesses has been hailed as a high point of the merger. Both banks boast highly regarded fund managers, and each has adopted an aggressive sales plan to turn proprietary funds into major forces.

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