Press releases


15 August 2012

We are pleased to announce that Legal & General has been awarded the S&P Capital IQ Platinum grading for nine of its index funds, more than any other UK index fund provider. This rating, the highest available, reflects that the funds have demonstrated very high standards of quality based on investment process and risk awareness.

Alastair Wainwright, Analyst at S&P Capital IQ Fund Research: "What differentiates these funds from others is the amount of qualitative work that goes into their management. Legal & General's unique process of indexation does not fit the traditional idea of passive investing, as many other index-tracker funds are highly quant-driven. The managers use skill and judgement to match or improve upon prices at which securities leave or join the index, whereas some other investment groups execute all trades at closing prices."

Legal & General Investments' single market, UK and regional index funds now have an annual management charge (AMC) of 0.20% and global funds have an AMC of 0.30%.This new simple charging structure provides advisers with low cost and high quality index funds offering great value for client portfolios.

Frank McGarry, Sales Director of Legal & General Investments, said of the grading: "We are pleased that S&P continue to recognise the strength of the Legal & General index tracker range of funds. The Index Funds team, led by Ali Toutounchi, are experienced managers with a proven approach and long-term track record, and we are delighted to see that so many of our index funds have been awarded the top Platinum grading".

The table below highlights all the funds which achieved Platinum rating:

All of the funds which achieved Platinum rating
 Legal & General All Stocks Gift Index Trust
 Legal & General All Stocks Index Linked Gilt Index Trust
 Legal & General European Index Trust
 Legal & General Global 100 Index Trust
 Legal & General International Index Trust
 Legal & General Japan Index Trust
 Legal & General UK 100 Index Trust
 Legal & General UK Index Trust
 Legal & General US Index Trust

Notes to editors

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions.
The value of investments and any income may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. Investors may get back less than they invest.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
Details of the specific and general risks associated with the funds mentioned are contained within the Prospectus and Key Investor Information document.
The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK's leading financial services companies.
As at 31 December 2011, we were responsible for investing £378 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We also have over seven million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.

For more information please contact:

Kimberley Robinson

Kimberley Robinson
PR Manager Legal & General Group

t: +44 (0) 203 124 2092