More than six months after last fall's terrorist attacks brought business travel to a standstill, and volatile markets resulted in slashed travel budgets at many fund complexes, mutual fund conferences - those sessions full of pundits speaking about industry trends - are making a comeback.

After September, many of the conferences, which are often hosted by specialized promoters, were canceled or postponed. Conferences had declined in frequency by as much as 40%, estimated Elizabeth Powell, a spokeswoman for the industry's chief lobby group, the Investment Company Institute of Washington.

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