Sept. 16, 2003 — Sales of stock mutual funds have not been hurt by the probe of fund trading practices by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, fund companies say.
The allegations of abuses, however, could encourage more investors to buy funds through brokers or financial planners rather than directly from fund complexes, industry observers say.
Fidelity Investments, the largest U.S. fund company, saw “strong” sales of its stock funds through August, and that trend has continued this month, a company spokesman said yesterday.
Baltimore-based T.Rowe Price Group (TROW) also described its sales through this month as robust. “There’s been no material effect” on fund inflows, said spokeswoman Robin Brenza.
Ivy McLemore, a spokesman for the AIM and Invesco fund arms of AMVESCAP PLCADS (AVZ), said neither unit has experienced anything “out of the ordinary.”