State Street Research & Management Company of Boston will ask shareholders of 18 funds to permit the funds to increase their 12b-1 fees on Class A shares by as much as 15 basis points, according to an SEC filing. The filing was made Nov. 5. The vote would be Feb. 25.

State Street's filing said the proxy would ask shareholders for the right to increase 12b-1 fees in the future and that additional proxies would subsequently be held for each fund to determine the increase in each case.

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