CHICAGO - While many mutual fund companies are trying to become everything to everyone, John Nuveen & Co. is digging itself deeper into its niche.

Bucking an industry trend, the Chicago-based mutual fund company isn't rushing to broaden its product line or link up with another fund firm. Indeed, the company has no new products on the Securities and Exchange Commission's registration rosters, and Nuveen executives say there are no plans to merge, or be merged.

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