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Barclays takeover of Absa to change SA banking landscape

Standard & Poor have said the Barclays acquisition of Absa could change the competitive landscape of the South African banking sector.

If the partial takeover is completed, the acquisition of up to 60 per cent in Absa would result in Barclays re-entering the sector in South Africa and would
become the countrys largest international player.

Standard & Poor credit analyst Alise Ross says: The speed of successful integration and ongoing solid support from Barclays may result in future positive rating action for Absa bank.


Concert to boost tsunami appeal

The Bournemouth Philharmonic will play Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf in May to support the Financial Services Charitable Foundation/Money Marketing tsunami appeal.

Doubt removed on Hips but FTBs face problems

A smaller majority may dent Labour’s plans to expand the nation’s housing stock but the market’s focus remains firmly fixed on first-time buyers, the economy and home information packs.

Skipton launches new fixed rate bonds in Pick N Mix range

Skipton Building Society is launching a range of fixed rate bonds all at 5.3 per cent gross per annum.The range includes one, two and three year bonds and offers a monthly income option with a return of 5.1 per cent.Issue 11 of its Pick N Mix range has a minimum investment of 500 and maximum […]

The fifteen-year itch

By Neil Jones Technical support manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. The treatment of non-UK domiciles that are resident in […]


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