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FSA e-probe

The Financial Services Authority is starting its consultation process on how the alternative share trading systems and electronic exchanges should be regulated.

The consultation comes amid a movement away from traditional stock exchanges to electronic communications networks.

One of the regulator&#39s concern is how fund manages and equity trading houses can offer the best price available, which could involve checking all electronic price sources.

The regulations resulting from the inquiry are likely to be implemented at the second half of this year.


Schroders cash injection into banking arm

Schroders, which is selling its investment banking business to Citigroup, is putting aside £200m to establish a private banking arm of its asset management business.Schroders is also saving a “three figure” sum for establishing a new strategy to co-invest in the group&#39s products.But the markets reacted cautiously to the organisation&#39s global plans as shares sank […]

Open up impaired annuities

In the new stakeholder world of transparent products where everyone is seeking to provide the best value for money, impaired life annuities cannot be ignored. Not only do they ensure that the annuitant, whether they are buying a compulsory pension annuity or an annuity to pay for long-term care, obtains the best possible income, impaired […]

Red face threat for Government

The Government faces embarrassment following the revelation a key part of its financial services bill relating to e-commerce may breach European e-commerce law. The financial services and markets bill makes it a criminal offence to for banks, fund managers and insurers based in other countries to promote services to UK consumers, unless they have been […]

NI threat to private health care

Private medical insurance provided by employers faces a threat under National Insurance changes to be introduced in April.Employers are to pay NI contributions of 12 per cent on PMI benefits provided to their staff, causing a potential re-think at many large companies.Leader of the Opposition William Hague is calling the government to review the tax […]

Choose life…

Sarah Scott  – Marketing Consultant, Royal London  This month sees the return of Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud in the sequel to the film Trainspotting. Just over 20 years later, we return to see exactly how life treated the characters whose lifestyle was less than ideal back in 1996. Did they choose a job, choose […]


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