Fidelity Investments has unveiled a corporate bond fund that will invest in sterling-denominated issuance, which it will market to small- and medium-sized pension funds, says a firm spokeswoman. With FRS17 set to go into effect next year, there will be more demand for longer-dated corporate paper. The fund, launched last week in London, will be managed by Alex Veys, who also manages another sterling bond fund. In addition to sterling-denominated corporate bonds, the fund will invest in supranational and agencies, and will focus on paper with maturities of 10 years or more and rated triple-B and above. Fidelity manages about £1 billion in U.K. corporate bonds.
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