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For Immediate Release: Thursday 22 March 2001

UNIT TRUST & INVESTMENT FUND SECTOR CLASSIFICATION CHANGES

Following consultation with member companies and data providers AUTIF will be going ahead with the following changes to its sector classification. These amendments have been agreed by the Executive Committee and will come into force on 1 May 2001.

  1. The UK Equity and Bond sector will be abolished. Managers of the three funds in this sector will be contacted so that alternative arrangements can be made.
  2. The Managed Income and Cautious Managed sectors will be merged and will continue under the name and definition of the Cautious Managed sector. Funds currently in the Managed Income sector will automatically be included in the Cautious Managed sector unless the manager advises us otherwise.
  3. A Latin American sector will be created to accommodate those funds with a Latin American focus currently classified in the Global Emerging Markets sector.
  4. A Specialist Technology sector will be created. This sector will have no geographical restrictions and will therefore include for example those UK Technology funds, currently classified in the UK All Companies sector, that comply with the new sector definition. "Funds which invest at least 80% of their assets in technology and telecommunications sectors as defined by major index providers."
  5. The UK All Companies sector comprising funds "which invest at least 80% of their assets in UK equities which have a primary objective of achieving capital growth" has come in for some criticism for being too large. This is unavoidable as the sector simply accommodates those funds offered by providers wanting to compete in this arena. However, the sector does encompass types of funds with meaningful differences that are of interest to investors.

In order to make presentation clearer and to enable journalists writing for the general public to differentiate broad types of funds should they so wish, it has been decided to create three sub-sectors within the UK All Companies sector. These will be 'Active', 'Tracker' and 'Ethical'. All funds in the sector will therefore also be in one of the underlying sub-sectors. Funds currently 'flagged' by the data providers as 'Tracker' or 'Ethical' will be included in the equivalent sub-sector, whilst all other funds will be put in the 'Active' sub-sector, unless we are informed otherwise. Journalists analysing funds on behalf of their readers can therefore view the sector overall, or focus on a specific sub-sector, or do both.

Sector ranking however, means just that and remains the same as it is currently i.e. each fund's position is in respect of the overall UK All Companies sector, not at sub-sector level. It is the sector ranking that should be used in advertising.


For further information please contact:
Anne McMeehan, Director of Communications, AUTIF +44 (0)20 7831 0898
Dorian Carrell, Head of Research and Statistics, AUTIF +44 (0)20 7831 0898
Clare Arber, PR Manager, AUTIF - +44 (0)20 7831 0898

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