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Framlington income fund soft closure

The Framlington equity income fund, managed by George Luckraft, is to soft-close from Friday 25th February 2005 by raising its initial charge to 5.25 per cent. The fund now holds 658m having grown from 157m at the end of 2003. Framlington says that there could be a risk to the funds performance should it continue to grow at its present rate.

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

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