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Growth Investments announces two new Fidelity Funds

Growth Investments yesterday announced the local introduction of two new funds in the Fidelity Funds SIVAC range – the Fidelity Funds European High Yield Fund (Denominated in Euros) and the Fidelity Funds Emerging Japan Fund (Denominated in Japanese Yen)

The Fidelity Funds European High Yield Fund, launched on 26 June 2000, is a bond fund that seeks to maximise total return through current income and capital appreciation, primarily investing in high-yielding European Corporate bonds.

The debt securities in which the fund will invest are not required to meet a minimum rating standard and may not be rated for creditworthiness by any internationally recognised rating agency. The benchmark for performance is the Merrill Lynch Euro High Yield Index.

Meanwhile, the Fidelity Funds Emerging Japan Fund is an equity fund that aims to achieve long-term capital growth primarily through investment in equities traded on the Japanese Over-The Counter market or listed on one of the Japanese regional markets.

The fund is suitable for those investors who are looking for the longer-term rewards of equity investment and are prepared to accept the higher risk associated with this type of investment.

Having also recently launched five new sector funds, the range of Fidelity Funds listed on the Malta Stock Exchange has now increased to 46. The minimum investment amount is Lm500.

Fidelity Funds SICAV and Growth Investments Ltd are licensed by the MFSC. Fidelity Funds SICAV is an open-ended investment company established in Luxembourg with different classes of shares ("funds").

While, as in all funds, past performance is no guarantee of future returns, the value of shares and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount invested.

The value of shares may rise or fall due to the changes in the rate of exchange of currency in which the funds are invested if the investment is made in a currency other than the shareholder's own.

Due to the lack of liquidity in many smaller stock markets, certain equity funds may be volatile and redemption rights may be restricted in extreme circumstances.

For further information on the full range of Fidelity Funds, contact Growth Investments Ltd on Freephone number 0800772217.

The Business Times, Network House, Vjal ir-Rihan San Gwann SGN 07
Tel: (356) 382741-3, 382745-6 | Fax: (356) 385075 | e-mail: editorial@networkpublications.com.mt