J.P. Morgan Chase is doing away with exit fees on seven of its funds by removing class B shares for the funds, Reuters reports.

The firm did not give a reason for the change in its letter to regulators, but a spokeswoman for the company told Reuters that it essentially came down to the limited demand from investors. J.P. Morgan had sold only $1 million worth of B shares in the funds, which collectively have $1.1 billion in assets, the spokeswoman said. The firm’s letter also indicated that it would not be selling class C shares in four of the funds.

The B shares have been the basis of some controversy in the fund industry, as regulators are concerned that brokers push them instead of A shares, which are sometimes more appropriate and serve as a better value to the investor.

The seven funds dropping class B shares are : JP Morgan Global 50, JP Morgan Fleming Tax Aware International Opportunities, JP Morgan Small-Cap Growth, JP Morgan Fleming Asia Equity, JP Morgan Disciplined Equity, JP Morgan Global Strategic Income and JP Morgan Global Healthcare.

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