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BoS attack RBS talks

Bank of Scotland is attacking rival Natwest takeover bidder Royal Bank of Scotland by questioning the BoS links with insurer CGU.

BoS chief executive Peter Burt is putting a series of questions to RBS on its relationship with CGU in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

The move by the insurer to buy a stake in Royal Bank has led Natwest to argue the bank is jeopardising long term benefits for shareholders.

Burt says: “The question for shareholders is whether RBS is sacrificing shareholder value for short term support in its eagerness to make a major acquisition. Is RBS giving CGU access to a massive customer franchise too cheaply?”


Interest rate rise pressure

The Government is bracing itself for further pressure to increase interest rates as a the market witnessed a recruitment frenzy, according to media research experts.The volume of classified advertising in national newspapers grew at its fastest rate of 9.9 per cent in December, according to Media Monitoring Services, the highest rate since May 1998, suggesting […]

Sun rises on Japanese investments

Lipper has revealed the four best performing sectors in 1999 were Japanese Specialist, Japan, Far East and UK Smaller Companies.Japanese Specialist sector was up 175.5 per cent, Japan up 106.5 per cent, Far East including Japan was up 85.2 per cent and UK Smaller Companies was up 78.3 per cent.In 1999 the average fund growth […]

Rooker championing IFA claim

IFAs will have a key role to play in the stakeholder according to pensions minister Jeff Rooker.Rooker told Money Marketing he believed IFAs will be essential to provide advice to small companies and scheme members on a group basis.But Rooker says he will be disappointing many IFAs by ruling out the cost of advice being […]

NAPF call for stakeholder

The National Association of Pension Funds.has raised fears over stakeholder plans not being allowing to run parallel alongside final salary schemes.The NAPF is recommending parallel holding of occupational schemes alongide the stakeholder once it is launched in April 2001, claiming this would cut the level of advice needed when an employee with a stakeholder moves […]

Help, I’ve been appointed as a trustee. What are my responsibilities?

Graeme Robb, Technical Manager at Prudential looks at the key duties and responsibilities of a trustee.  This article will consider the following: Duties to be performed on appointment Investment duties Protecting the interests of beneficiaries Keeping accounts and records Distributing property to beneficiaries Duties to be performed on appointment Obtain a copy of the trust […]


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