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Friends Prov Tokyo Trust given AA rating by S&P

An frAA rating has been awarded to the Friends Provident Tokyo Trust by independent research and analysis company Standard & Poor’s Fund Services.

The award marks an upgrade from a single A rating for the Trust which this March had £82 million funds under management.

Citing a robust investment approach and thework of their Japan investment team at Friends Ivory & Sime for the upgrade, the Tokyo Trust, launched in 1981, will now concentrate on Tier 1 larger cap stocks.

Friends Ivory & Sime investment marketing manager Simon Males says: "This upgrade is a result of our continuing above-average performance and a strengthening of our Japanese team."


Pension industry faces ethical challenges

Socially responsible investment will top City and business agendas according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. New pensions legislation introduced on July 3 coupled with Government-proposed reforms of UK company law are prompting the move. All UK private sector pension funds will be legally obliged to consider SRI and voting rights as part of their overall investment policy as […]

The business is out there

Don&#39t despair, the work is out there,you just have to look carefully. SomesmallerIFAs seem dismayed at the potentially adverse impactof stakeholderpensions on their business.They point to the much reduced capacity of commission under stakeholderwhen compared to personal pensions and correctly infer that it will be verydifficult to justify selling a new £100 per month personal […]

B&B links up with Freeserve

Bradford & Bingley has joined forces with Internet portal Freeserve to offer mortgages and a property channel for customers to buy online. Launched this autumn, the e-mortgage broker Charcolonline will offer mortgages from more than 45 different lenders to Freeserve’s 3.4 million members. Members will also be able to access a database of houses from […]

Lynx shares fall in value

Shares in the software company Lynx plummeted nearly 15 per cent to 144.5p from 166p yesterday after rumours of a drop in full-year profits. The company blames lack of demand and steep development costs for the likely shortfall in original predictions. Pre-tax profits are now expected to be closer to £11m instead of £14m as […]

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