Paine Webber Group and the Yasuda Mutual Life Insurance Company are forming a joint venture to develop, sponsor and manage mutual funds and other retail asset management products in Japan. The Tokyo-based venture will be called Yasuda PaineWebber Mutual Fund Company. It will offer money market, reserved and capital guaranteed funds, 401(k) equivalent pension plans, mutual fund wrap accounts and other retail asset management products. The board of directors of the new company will consist of three senior executives from Yasuda and two from PaineWebber. Yasuda has been a shareholder in PaineWebber since 1987, and now holds about eight percent of the firm's outstanding stock. It is Japan's oldest life insurance company and the seventh-largest in assets.

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