Mutual fund companies distributing investment content to broker/dealers have not had success convincing them to retrieve it off their Web sites. Broker/dealers are insisting that fund companies individually deliver such information as fund prices, performance, market materials and fact sheets to their own Web sites, and these individual extranets are proving costly for fund firms.

But that may change in the near future. Some fund companies are automating the process to provide information to multiple broker/dealer sites, and the industry is starting to talk with broker/dealers about developing standards for Web content syndication.

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