DESPITE THE MUTUAL FUND industry's booming growth this year, no one is laying odds that Arthur Levitt, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will get his wish for more examiners to scrutinize investment companies.

Mr. Levitt recently told the Senate Banking Committee's securities subcommittee that he wants to add at least 150 mutual fund examiners to a contingent that now numbers 133. His predecessor, Richard Breeden, began the push for more examiners.

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