Winsbury Company believes it has found the perfect way to help bank clients step up disclosures about mutual funds. The only problem is Wells Fargo & Co. came up with the idea first - and apparently is reluctant to share it.

Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, hit upon the idea of using the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seal with a bold diagonal slash through it on all mutual fund marketing materials. The clear message: Mutual funds, unlike bank deposits, don't carry the FDIC's protection.

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