A clearing firm affiliated with a giant mutual fund company has expanded the menu of services it offers broker-dealers.

National Financial Services L.L.C., Boston, a unit of Fidelity Investments, Boston, that clears and settles trades for independent broker-dealers, now is offering its 340 client firms services from Beacon Research Inc., Evanston, Ill., and BenefitProtect L.L.C., Phoenix.

Beacon sells information about fixed-rate deferred annuities.

BenefitProtect arranges for health coverage for broker-dealers and independent reps.