Aberdeen Unit Trust Managers is getting children onto the right
investment track with the arrival of the Thomas & friends childrens
Introduced in co-operation with Gullane Entertainment, which owns
the Thomas the Tank Engine copyright, the investment plan is a unit
trust. The plan must be taken out in the name of a child at the start
and then transferred to the child at the age of 18.
The plan allows access to three Aberdeen funds, the Aberdeen
sterling bond, Aberdeen UK blue chip and Aberdeen global
champions, which are respectively low, medium and high risk.
Investors can choose to invest in just the one fund or split their
investment across all three.
The sterling bond invests in UK corporate bonds, the UK blue chip
fund invests in some of the UK's best-known companies such as BP,
Vodafone and Royal Bank of Scotland and the global champions fund
invests in some of the largest companies in the world such as
Microsoft, BMW, HSBC and Pfizer.
For every plan that is taken out, a donation will be made to the
National Autistic Society.
According to Standard & Poor' s the Aberdeen sterling bond is ranked
14 out of 59 funds and the UK blue chip fund is ranked 215 out of 242
funds, based on £1,000 invested on a bid-to-bid basis with gross
income reinvested over three years to October 15, 2001.