New England Funds is about to engage in a novel experiment which, if successful, will open a new path for selling no-load mutual funds.

New England Funds, based in Boston and an affiliate of Nvest, plans to offer six new funds which essentially are no-load funds in a New England load fund wrapper. The Access Shares, as New England has named the funds, are made up of no-load funds managed by Harris Associates and Loomis, Sayles & Co., two other Nvest affiliates.

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