While the nation's airlines resumed flights a few weeks ago, some fund wholesalers remain grounded as a result of travel bans their firms imposed following the terrorist attacks. That has created a difficult situation for many fund companies that want to provide face-to-face contact with their intermediaries and producers during a difficult time, but find that getting from point A to point B is no longer a simple matter of getting on the next available flight.

Either by company mandate or by personal choice, many fund wholesalers are climbing into cars, picking up the phone or logging on to the Internet instead of boarding an airplane in order to maintain contact with their clients.

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