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First State joins Skandia fund range

First State Investments is joining Skandia&#39s fund range, with three funds becoming available from November 1.

First State&#39s Asia Pacific, global emerging markets and Global growth funds are the first to become available to Skandia life, pension, multiIsa, multiPep and MultiFund investors.

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