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BoS new bid plans

Bank of Scotland is set to reveal three joint ventures in a bid to boost its takeover bid for National Westminster Bank.

The bank is not being drawn on the detail but have indicated the three ventures will be on a significant level.

The news has increased pressure on rival&#39s in the takeover battle, Royal Bank of Scotland who is expected to intensify the search for joint venture partners.


RBS calls to US in NatWest bid

Royal Bank of Scotland is looking for US support in its £21.8bn hostile takeover bid for National Westminster Bank.RBS chief executive Sir George Mathewson is flying to the States to woo US shareholders, having registered the offer with the US Securities and Exchange Commission .The bank now has a week&#39s head start over rival bidder […]

Norwich Union slashes bonuses

Norwich Union is slashing its bonuses for with-profits endowment policyholders.The annual bonus on the sum assured on a conventional savings endowments is being cut from 2 to 1.5 per cent. The bonus on previous annual bonuses falls from 3.25 to 2.75 per cent.A person cashing in a 10 year £50 a month policy taken out […]

CML calls for reform

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is warning the Government not to take a “piecemeal” approach to mortgage regulation.Its recommending the FSA should take charge of all mortgage regulation and that the government should also decide what information disclosure would be best for consumers.The trade body is also urging the Government to consult widely on what […]

Old Mutual swoop on stockbroker

South African life office Old Mutual is in £540m takeover talks with finance group Gerrard.Shares in Gerrard, who own stockbrokers Greig Middleton, jumped by10 per cent when the news was announced at the end of last week.Old Mutual says the move is consistent with its acquisition strategy reported last July prior to its London Stock […]


Guide: what you need to consider for your auto-enrolment project

In this guide, Johnson Fleming reveals what items you need to understand to gauge the impact of auto-enrolment on your business. The guide focuses on: the impact that your auto-enrolment scheme will have on you; assessing your workforce; understanding your staging date; reviewing your current provision; and modelling contribution levels and costs.


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