Communicating electronically with investors in place of paper-based mailings is no longer just a pipe dream. Many fund advisors are hard at work transforming fund investors from being entirely paper dependent to embracing electronic versions of annual reports, updated prospectuses, proxy materials and even transaction confirmations and quarterly account statements.

Electronic documents save significant print and postage costs for fund companies and may even result in improved relations with investors. A study by DST Output of Kansas City, Mo., a provider of electronic communication solutions, indicates that 40% of investors who opt for e-documents are likely to stay with the same fund group.

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