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The recent pension training seminars from leading asset management company Fidelity International have been such a resounding success that additional events are scheduled.

Fidelity International is continuing its defined contribution pensions training seminars, with a particular focus on the needs of human resources and employee benefits staff. The move follows successful events earlier in the year in Glasgow and London. The latest seminar is in London in November.

Most pensions industry training for HR staff has hitherto focused on in-depth analysis of investment asset classes – largely because the training models employed by the industry are still focused upon trustees of defined benefit or final salary pension schemes.
Fidelity's new approach to training takes in much broader investment issues, focusing on those areas in which company management need to make decisions and offer guidance to employees.

Colin Williams, Executive Director of DC Business at Fidelity International, says: "We launched these seminars earlier in the year and have been inundated with demand for more, particularly from directors of human resources.
“They find most pensions industry training unnecessarily complex because it focuses on in-depth analysis of investment asset class performance. While this model may be fine for the world of defined benefit pensions, it is outmoded for the world of defined contributions."

Fidelity’s pensions training seminars cover four areas:

1. Setting the scene
– What the members want
– What the regulations demand

2. Assets
– What are they?
– What are the risks?

3. Real life
– DC investment strategies

4. Measuring results

More details are available from alan.salamon@uk.fid-intl.com

Fidelity International Limited (FIL) and its subsidiary companies serve the major markets of the world by providing investment products and services to individuals and institutional investors outside the US. The FIL Organisation manages a total of £148.1 billion of assets. *

Notes to editors:
* Source: Fidelity as at 30.09.07

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CONTACT:

For further information, please contact:

Anne Read
Fidelity International
Tel: 020 7961 4409
Email: Anne.read@uk.fid-intl.com

David Butcher
Fidelity International
Tel: 020 7074 5262
Email: David.butcher@uk.fid-intl.com

ABOUT Fidelity International:

Fidelity International Limited (FIL) is a privately-owned company, established in Bermuda nearly 40 years ago. Fidelity provides asset management services to investors across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, with over 4,000 members of staff operating across the globe.

Our US affiliate, Fidelity Management and Research (FMR), serves the Americas region and is one of the USA's largest mutual fund companies. Our portfolio managers have access to detailed up-to-date analysis on companies that make up 95% of global market capitalisation.

Apart from Fidelity’s extensive capabilities in the institutional marketplace, we are well known for our range of personal investment services, such as ISAs and PEPs. In fact, we’re now the UK's largest mutual fund manager and leading provider of ISAs.

https://www.fidelityinstitutional.com

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