Dreyfus plans to merge a number of retail bond mutual funds that have similar investment strategies, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

The fund mergers are subject to approval by shareholders at special meetings to be held March 1. They come as the money manager's parent company, Mellon Financial ( MEL), is in the process of being acquired by Bank of New York ( BK). However, Dreyfus spokeswoman Patrice Kozlowski says the fund mergers have been in the works for some time and are "absolutely unrelated to any activity with the Bank of New York."

The $133 million ( DPASX) Dreyfus Premier Select Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund will be folded into the $199 million ( DMUAX) Dreyfus Premier Select Municipal Bond Fund.

The $118 million ( DTBDX) Dreyfus Insured Municipal Bond Fund will be folded into the $1.97 billion ( DRTAX) Dreyfus Municipal Bond Fund.

The $233 million ( DCIMX) Dreyfus California Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund will be folded into the $1.25 billion ( DCAAX) Dreyfus Premier California Tax Exempt Bond Fund.

The $180 million ( DNJIX) Dreyfus New Jersey Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund will be folded into the $470 million ( DRNJX) Dreyfus Premier New Jersey Municipal Bond Fund.

The $238 million ( DNYXX) Dreyfus New York Tax Exempt Money Market Fund will be folded into the $332.9 million ( GNMXX) General New York Municipal Money Market Fund.

The $92 million ( PSGNX) Dreyfus Premier GNMA Fund is being folded into the $714 million ( DRGMX) Dreyfus GNMA Fund .

The $173 million ( DCTXX) Dreyfus California Tax Exempt Money Market Fund is being folded into the $412 million ( GCAXX) General California Municipal Money Market Fund.

The $130 million ( DCTIX) Dreyfus Connecticut Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund is being folded into the $160 million ( PSCTX) Dreyfus Premier State Municipal Bond Fund, Connecticut Series.

The $65 million ( DMAIX) Dreyfus Massachusetts Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund is being folded into the $193 million ( PMAZX) Dreyfus Premier State Municipal Bond Fund, Massachusetts Series.

The $48 million ( PTXBX) Dreyfus Premier Select Municipal Bond Fund, Texas Series is being folded into the $200 million ( DRMBX) Premier Select Municipal Bond Fund .

"Management of Dreyfus has reviewed the performance in the Dreyfus Family of Funds and has concluded that it would be appropriate to consolidate certain funds having similar investment objectives and management policies," Dreyfus said in proxy statements filed with the SEC Thursday and Friday.

"Management believes that the reorganization should enable shareholders to benefit from more efficient portfolio management and will eliminate the duplication of resources and costs associated with marketing and servicing the funds as separate entities."

In each case, the smaller fund will transfer its assets to the larger fund in exchange for shares in the larger fund. Dreyfus will then distribute these shares to investors in the smaller fund, and the smaller fund will cease operating.

Dreyfus said the proposed fund mergers will not have any tax consequences for shareholders, because no capital gains or losses will be realized. Investors in the funds being merged will not be charged a sales commission, or load, on the new shares they receive.

Dreyfus, and not the funds, will pay any expenses related to the mergers.

In some cases, such as Connecticut Intermediate, California Intermediate, Massachusetts Intermediate and New Jersey Intermediate, funds that can currently be purchased directly from Dreyfus without paying a brokerage commission are being merged into funds with a load, or sales charge. In these cases, investors in the fund being acquired will receive a new Z-class of no-load shares. The Z-shares will not be available to new investors, however.

If the case of the merger between Dreyfus Premier GNMA (a load fund) and Dreyfus GNMA (a no-load fund), Dreyfus GNMA will be converted into a load fund in order to receive the assets of Dreyfus Premier GNMA, according to Kozlowski. In this case, existing Dreyfus GNMA investors will receive no-load Z-class shares.

Allison Bisbey Colter joined TheStreet.com in 2006 from the New York office of Dow Jones Newswires, where she spent the previous seven years covering consumer finance, mutual funds and hedge funds. Prior to that, she worked in Europe for Dow Jones covering transportation from London and Italian capital markets from Milan. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she received a BA in government.

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