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Aberdeen gets steamed up with Thomas the Tank Engine

Aberdeen Unit Trust Managers is getting children onto the right

investment track with the arrival of the Thomas & friends childrens

investment plan.



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&#39s 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&#39 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.

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