Fidelity FundsNetwork Adds CRA Qualified Investment Fund
The financial supermarket Fidelity FundsNetwork now features a unique alternative for individual investors who are looking to make a difference: the CRA Qualified Investment Fund (CRAIX).
The $630-million mutual fund focuses entirely on the high-quality, fixed-income credit securities that are used in U.S. cities and towns to finance urgently needed projects–including affordable housing, small business job creation, health care, environmental conservation and schools–that benefit low-income neighborhoods and other struggling communities.
Fidelity FundsNetwork joins Charles Schwab and TD Waterhouse, both of which also have added the fund to their platforms since mid-2004. The presence of CRAIX on the highly visible Fidelity FundsNetwork is expected to result in a major boost in interest in the fund among socially responsible investors and other individuals who want to put their portfolio assets to work in support of an improved quality of life in America‚s communities.
Managed by Florida-based CRAFund Advisors, the CRA Qualified Investment Fund is recognized as a Lipper Leader for total return and consistent returns. Through June 30, 2005, CRAIX has a 6.18% annualized return since inception (in 1999), a 6.14% one-year return for calendar year 2004 and a 6.72% five-year annualized return.
For more information about the CRA Qualified Investment Fund, visit, or call CRAFund Advisors at (877) 272-1977.

PSD Offers Innovative Coaching Program To Registered Reps
Pacific Select Distributors Inc. (PSD), in conjunction with its affiliated broker-dealers, is offering registered representatives an exclusive coaching program that will help them improve personal performance and achieve greater financial success for them and their clients.
The program, offered in partnership with top producer Ron Carson and practice management expert Steve Sanduski of Peak Productions, will provide insight and guidelines that help participants increase productivity, systematize their offices, improve client communication and kick-start their desire to perform at the very top of their game.
For more information on Peak Productions, visit

CashEdge Adds Capabilities To Wealth Management Suite
TransferNow, the inter-institution transfer solution for banks and credit unions from CashEdge (, is now available to wealth management firms through the CashEdge Wealth Management Suite.
TransferNow enables transfers between more than 23,000 financial institutions, as well as third-party and recurring transfers backed by CashEdge‚s advanced risk management. It automates the authentication of the user and the accounts, manages risk and moves funds.
CashEdge has offices in New York and Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit

The American College Adds FSS Program Course
The American College is offering a new course as part of its Financial Services Specialist (FSS) designation. The course, Foundations of Financial Planning; an Overview, is one of three required for the FSS program and is the first of two new courses created specifically for the designation by The College, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The Financial Services Specialist (FSS) designation is a new educational program designed to provide financial services professionals in the insurance, securities and banking industries with the high-impact sales skills and introductory technical knowledge. For more information, The American College at or NAIFA at

Rydex Expands Product Lineup With Commodities And Currency Investments
Rydex Investments has added three new products to its mutual fund lineup. Rydex Commodities Fund, Rydex Strengthening Dollar Fund and Rydex Weakening Dollar Fund expand the opportunities for diversification beyond stocks and bonds by providing exposure to the commodities market and enabling tactical investments in the currency markets.
Rydex manages $13 billion in assets via 51 mutual funds, including two ETFs, as well as a registered fund of hedge funds. For more information, call 800.820.0888 or visit

Franklin Templeton Introduces Franklin MidCap Value Fund
Franklin Templeton Investments has introduced the Franklin MidCap Value Fund, managed by the longstanding equity value team led by Bill Lippman. Other team members include Bruce Baughman, CPA; Stephen Madonna, CFA; Margaret McGee; and Don Taylor, CPA.
The fund seeks long-term total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of mid-capitalization companies. The fund‚s benchmark is the Russell Mid Cap Value Index.
Investors interested in Franklin MidCap Value Fund may obtain a prospectus from securities dealers or by calling Franklin Templeton at (800) 342-5236.