Fidelity Investments reported a 12% increase in net income for 2003 thanks to cost-cutting measures and a replenished stock market, the firm said on Monday.

The firm’s profits jumped $100 million from 2002 totals, to $908 million in 2003, Reuters reports. Assets under management neared the $1 trillion mark, at $988.3 billion, a 22% increase from a year earlier.

Boston-based Fidelity announced the numbers in a letter to shareholders. However, the news was not all good. Chairman Edward Johnson said that while 64% of the company’s funds bested their peers in 2003, that number still represents a 5% drop from the 69% it showed in 2002.

Additionally, an increase in outsourcing, including administrative tasks that many smaller companies have shifted to Fidelity for cost-cutting purposes, helped the company’s total revenue rise 3% to $9.2 billion.

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