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Branding Not Easy for the Little Guy

Firms like Fidelity and Vanguard naturally have an easier time at developing their brand names because they can throw huge amounts of money at advertising and marketing campaigns. It doesn't matter that a firm like Fidelity offers a variety of products and services because they advertise so extensively, Dettore said. Still, when an investor thinks of Fidelity, does one brand or logo come to mind? Probably not, he said. "I think there's a lot of confusion," he said.