A plan of Zurich Scudder of Boston to add 12b-1 fees to several Kemper and Scudder funds will allow the firm to skirt potential problems with regulators and should create new distribution opportunities, according to industry executives and analysts.

The company is seeking to convert a separate 25 basis point administrative service fee the funds had charged into a 12b-1 fee on 16 Kemper funds and three Scudder funds, said Peter Jacobs, director of product management for Zurich Scudder's retail funds.

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