Square Mile Investment Consulting & Research has added the 7IM AAP range of growth orientated funds to its Academy of Funds, awarding them a Recommended (R) rating. This suite of funds includes the AAP Adventurous, AAP Moderately Adventurous, AAP Balanced, AAP Moderately Cautious and Cautious funds.

The Academy of Funds is a dedicated section within Square Mile's website, where advisers can access analysis on all recommended funds.  Each fund carries a rating - A, AA, AAA, R or P+ - as a mark of quality and a reflection of the level of conviction Square Mile's team of analysts has in a fund's ability to deliver on expectations.

Alex Farlow, Square Mile';s Head of Risk-Based Solutions Research, said, "7IM has been managing multi asset, risk targeted funds for over 10 years and this aspect of the business represents a major focus for the group. Over this period they have delivered solid returns for investors that have been broadly in line with their risk objectives. The investment team responsible for the funds has been incredibly stable during this time and has been strengthened over recent years. The team's core strength is asset allocation and the company has proven it can add value for investors in this area.

Whilst the funds will predominantly use passive and systematically managed strategies, the funds are unquestionably actively managed. The team makes full use of their investment freedoms and invests in a very wide selection of assets. We believe this is a strong proposition for investors looking for a highly diversified and institutional style approach to investing and who wish to target a specified level of risk."