In a perennial survey that evaluates the quality of fund companies’ distribution services, Dalbar said that financial professionals largely favored American Funds, as well as Hartford Life and Smith Barney Mutual Funds.

The study, now in its 15 th year, evaluates firms on their ability to support fund marketers, broker/dealers and operations managers. Last summer, those executives were asked to rank the fund companies they work with on a scale of 1-4, Dalbar said.

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