It appears that investors are becoming more comfortable with the Internet, giving reason for the mutual fund industry to believe that its significant investment in Web technology will eventually pay off.

A new study by American Century Investments found that concerns about online privacy are decreasing and that people are using the Internet more to purchase goods and services. And while most people are still using mutual fund websites merely to get share prices and prospectuses, it seems probable that gradually more people will use the Internet to buy and sell fund shares.

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