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FSA crackdown on brokers

The Financial Services Authority has launched an enquiry into the retail stockbroker market following fears firms may be struggling to cope with a surge in private investors.

Over the past two months trades undertaken by private shareholders has doubled to 100,000 with investors pouring into telecom and technology stocks.

The FSA is now demanding a number of telephone-based brokers make daily reports on their operations.


Experts claim new pension too complex

Government plans to encourage low earners to stay in their occupational schemes have been attacked as too complicated by industry experts.Legal & General pensions strategy director Adrian Boulding claims plans to top-up those earning less than £9,500 fail a simplicity test. Many believe the move will add far too much red tape.

RBS enters battle for NatWest

Royal Bank of Scotland has entered the fight for NatWest with a £25.1bn bid for the beleaguered bank.Bank of Scotland has already upped its bid and is now offering £24.4bn with bonus payments of up to £2bn also on the table.Analysts believe the less aggressive approach by RBS will be seen as more attractive by […]


On 18 October 1999 the Inland Revenue issued a press release announcing certain changes to the regulation of overseas life assurance business (OLAB). These changes are set out in the Insurance Companies (Overseas Life Assurance Business (Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations 1999. These regulations will make it easier for life insurance companies operating in the UK to […]

Axa turning Japanese

Axa is snapping up Japanese life insurer Nippon Dantai in a £2bn deal. The French insurer, which owns Sun Life in the UK, will call the new company Axa Nichidan Insurance. It is the first Japanese acquisition by Axa.

How to balance bottom-up with top-down research in constructing multi-asset credit portfolios

In this short video, Azhar Hussain, head of global high yield at Royal London Asset Management, explains how his team balance bottom-up with top-down research in constructing multi-asset credit portfolios. Watch the video in full The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up […]


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