More than 8,500 mutual funds operate in the United States, sending out more than 350 million prospectuses each year on the investment purpose, contents and performance of their portfolios, by one estimate of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Average size: About 52 pages, each.

That's not all the paper and all the filing that goes on, in marketing funds and complying with regulations on the effort. There's information filed with the SEC, fact sheets, responses to institutional mandates, and what appears on Web sites.

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