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Frankfurt will likely approve stock exchange merger

Deutsche Borse officials are confident the Board will approve the stock exchange merger in a meeting this afternoon.

But the influential German newspaper Boersen Zeitung says that it might be delayed until a number of details are clarified.

London based electronic share market Tradepoint and the Swiss stock exchange confirmed today they are engaging in talks in a bid to form an alternative pan-European blue-chip trading platform.

If these discussions are successful, the resulting merger would rival the proposed London-Frankfurt iX.


New Schroder fund gives to cancer research

Cancer researchers will benefit from fees raised by a healthcare investment fund to be launched this week.Schroder Unit Trusts says it will donate half the initial fees raised and then make annual donations worth 0.25 per cent of the fund&#39s value to the Cancer Research Campaign.The Medical Discovery Fund will invest for long term growth […]

Independent View

What fun it can be to look back at the blunders and own goals we all endure.The most recent clanger involved one of the top mutual life offices. It concerned an executive pension plan we have been looking after for several years. One member decided to increase his contributions following a big pay rise.As is […]

Cash-burning dotcoms are on road to crashing

Many internet companies could run out of cash within the next 15 months and one in four may crash within six months.Companies are being warned they will find difficulties funding the second and third phases of business if they have not met high expectations.Research by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers reveals that 25 of the 28 companies examined […]

Banks set to steala stake march

Barclays Bank is to send its 2,000 small business advisers into battle with IFAs over stakeholder pensions.The move by Barclays comes as Andersen Consulting warns that the clearing banks, especially Barclays and NatWest, are the best-placed companies to challenge IFAs in providing stakeholder because many small businesses must provide access to plans.There are nearly 20,000 […]


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