Late last month, a small bank in rural Ohio got into the retail investment sales business with substantial help from a local bank association.

First-Knox National Bank of Mount Vernon, is hoping to make between $250,000 and $300,000 of fees a year from the sale of mutual funds, annuities, and insurance products through its 10-branch network, according to Cheri L..Butcher, head of the bank's new brokerage operation.

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