THOMSON FINANCIAL TARGETS HEDGE FUNDS IN UK

LONDON – 13 September, 2004 -- Thomson Financial, an operating unit of the Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, today announced the creation of a new team dedicated to the UK hedge fund community.

The team will be led by Mark Jackson, Sales Manager reporting to Richard Garnier, Managing Director, European Sales and Account Management. Thomson Financial already counts over 100 hedge funds clients in the UK alone, including UK’s largest hedge funds and the recently launched Cologico Capital.

"We chose Thomson Financial as a strategic partner to help support our investment process," said Mehdee Reza, Managing Director, Cologico Capital. "Thomson Financial is the recognized market leader in providing accurate data and tailored applications and we were very impressed with Thomson Financial's understanding of our business requirements and their ability to customise solutions. The services we have commissioned from Thomson Financial will improve our efficiency and enhance our investment process".

The hedge fund offering in Europe will provide a combination of Thomson Financial’s market leading products and content sets, such as I/B/E/S, First Call, AutEx and Worldscope drawn from across the Thomson ONE application suite and Thomson Datastream, which itself is being integrated into Thomson ONE. This can be integrated with portfolio management tools from Thomson PORTIA. The service can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the hedge fund community including:

· Scalable, modular pricing to reflect the evolutionary process of each hedge fund
· Flexible options for the delivery of Thomson Financial content and applications
· Integrated front to back office solution encompassing the hedge fund workflow including research and analytical tools, trading connectivity, post-trade to pre-trade settlement solutions, portfolio accounting and portfolio analysis
· Up to 50 years of historical content across all key asset classes to allow hedge funds to validate their investment strategy through back-testing
· Long-term partnership to meet the changing needs of hedge fund clients, as they grow over time

"We understand how crucial it is for hedge funds to evidence the systems that underlie their investment process, as part of the due diligence procedure needed to attract institutional clients. Thomson Financial’s applications are recognized throughout the industry and are a key component in this process. The institutions already know and rely on our market leading applications and take real comfort in these standards being maintained throughout the whole investment process," concluded David Bilbe, Commercial Director – Europe, Thomson Financial.

Thomson ONE is the flexible, open application framework that allows for the easy integration of content and tools from Thomson Financial, third parties and your clients’ proprietary systems. Thomson ONE has the ability to deliver tailored integration, without the high cost of ownership and unwanted features. It is an architecture and new service configurable to the specific needs of corporate finance, institutional, brokerage and fixed income market professionals. Each component within the solution suite is tailored to a different audience: Thomson ONE Equity is aimed at the institutional equities market; Thomson ONE Advisor offers financial advisors a wealth management solution integrated with market data; Thomson ONE Banker is aimed at the investment banking market; Thomson ONE Analytics and Thomson ONE Portfolio are aimed at the institutional investment market; Thomson ONE Yield is aimed at fixed income users in the US.

Thomson Datastream is the world’s largest and most respected historical financial numerical database covering an unparalleled breadth of financial instruments, equity and fixed income securities, and indicators for over 175 countries and 60 markets worldwide. It is integrated into the Thomson ONE open application suite.

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