Your Money: Jan. 18, 1999

B Shares Get Bad Grades

If a broker tries to persuade you to buy class-B mutual-fund shares instead of class A, make sure it's in your best interest, not just his. The sec is investigating whether certain brokers favor B shares because of fatter commissions. Even though B shares bear no up-front sales charge, they normally carry high early-redemption and annual fees and generate lower long-term returns than class-A shares.

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