MUTUAL FUNDS: I.O.S. Seeks a Home

When Bernard Cornfeld's mutual-fund empire came tumbling down in a spectacular mid-1970 crash, his main company, Investors Overseas Services, sank so low that moneymen might well have figured it had nowhere to go but up. Not so. Under Cornfeld's successors, I.O.S.'s troubles have been endless. The several mutual funds that it manages have gone on dwindling in value, to about $982 million last week, from $2.3 billion in the late 1960s. Roughly 300,000 investors, mostly Europeans, still have money tied up in I.O.S.—and they are hurting. Anybody who put $1,000 into its...

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