WASHINGTON - Kicking off the 2002 General Membership Meeting of the Investment Company Institute on the heels of recent scandals that have rocked the investment management and accounting industries, ICI President Matthew Fink told fund executives that the mutual fund industry was working hard to protect the interests of shareholders.

This year's meeting followed the recent Enron debacle, investigations into the dealings of securities firms and auditors and a sense among many investors that the truth is increasingly elusive when it comes to their investments.

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