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Financial Express launches new ratings service

Financial Express has launched a new Crown Ratings service for funds offering a quantitative system to use alongside other qualitative services and manager ratings.
Crown Ratings cover UK authorised unit trusts and Oeics, offshore funds and life and pension funds. It is based on quantitative historical performance measures with funds rated by returns against benchmark, volatility and consistency within relevant peer groups or sectors.
The lowest rated funds in a sector carry a single crown, while the highest are awarded three crowns.
Financial Express managing director Michael Holland says: There have been some rumblings about existing quantitative ratings systems. We have tried to provide a natural successor which offers up-to-date methodologies, but which does not impose an abrupt u-turn for users of existing systems.

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