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F&C fund mergers

F&C Thames River is proposing to merge the £31m F&C UK growth and income fund into the £189.1m F&C UK equity income fund. It is also looking to merge the £62.4m F&C UK opportunities fund into the £152.8m F&C UK equity fund.

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