Group adds news and comment section to its internet site
Fidelity Investments has added to its website service through the offering of a news and market commentary section.
The service for intermediaries, located on the group's main website at www.fidelity.co.uk, features up-to-the-minute news and commentary on the world's markets in addition to the facility to request regular alerts via e-mail in order to know the latest stock market and general Fidelity news.
Dave Cowdell, marketing director of Fidelity UK wholesale, said: 'With access to MarketLink, intermediaries can monitor daily market movements, updated throughout the day using CBS MarketWatch.com.
'Fidelity's latest events will also be accessible via the site, including forums, roadshows and fund manager conference calls, and places can be booked online.'
Also featured on MarketLink is access to Fidelity's monthly publication, Global Watch, where fund manager's talk about their various funds and give monthly commentaries on the markets.
In addition to its company website, Fidelity's funds supermarket has linked with Jarvis Investment Management, a self-select Isa and Pep manager for private investors and investor clubs. Its service offers access to funds from the 19 groups which are part of Fidelity FundsNetwork, plus an additional 37.
Jarvis' fund supermarket, e-zee-invest.com, has added Aegon Asset Management's funds to its offering as well as Jupiter's multi-manager portfolio service funds.
Other recent additions to the service include Framlington Absolute Growth and Close Fund Management's FTSE4Good, increasing the number of fund managers offering discounted funds to 56 and funds available to more than 1,745.
The supermarket offers low or no initial charge on many of the funds available through the web service and includes website links to several fund management companies, such as Aberdeen, Britannic and M&G.
As well as the Isas available, the site also provides access to a venture capital trust and some initial public offerings.
Fund performance information is provided via Moneyfacts, Trustnet and Standard & Poor's, while a private bank account is provided in conjunction with Cater Allen.
E-zee-invest, launched earlier this year, provides investment trusts as well as Ofex, Aim and main market sharedealing at www.unquotedtrader.com. It features a choice of nominee or certificated accounts with no additional charges for telephone deals.
E-commerce services, such as the supermarkets, are becoming more important for intermediaries, according to a survey from Assureweb. The survey, conducted with 280 intermediary firms, revealed that the most demanded interactive services for intermediary websites were portfolio management, comparative quotations, mortgage comparisons and fund supermarkets.
Product research tools were the least desired for adviser websites with most intermediary firms feeling this functionality would diminish their own added value to clients.
Firms showed very little cost tolerance and were reluctant to pay for any of this additional functionality until it created proven revenue streams, according to the survey.
Nicola Mitchell, sales and marketing director of AssureSoft and IFA Window, said: 'The research showed a great appetite to develop traditional presentational websites into fully interactive online services but with some anxiety expressed about the levels of information which should be made available and the possible legal or liability issues which may ensue.'
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