As retirees gear up to take money out of their 401(k) plans, mutual fund companies will have to look for other sources to drive asset inflow, says Boston Globe columnist Steven Syre.

"Fund companies are working harder to build up their businesses elsewhere, seeking potential new opportunities to sustain or even accelerate growth. That could mean international expansion to find new customers around the world or courting a different kind of customer, at home or abroad," Syre wrote. But the one group that fund companies are slowly targeting is institutional investors.

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