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FTSE4Good launches ethical indices

FTSE4Good announced the criteria for acceptance to its new ethical indices this week, with BP and Glaxo-SmithKline heading the UK index.

The entry rules presently exclude tobacco, gambling, nuclear power and arms manufacture companies.

FTSE4Good says the criteria for admission to the indices will evolve with time and hopes to have all sectors represented in the index in the future. Around two thirds of FTSE100 companies made it into the new indices, with Tesco and Royal bank of Scotland notable absentees.


GAD reveals insurance pensions are booming

Funds invested in insurance-administered individual and occupationalpensions have shot up by 18 per cent to £500bn in 1999 from£425bn the previous year, according to latest ABI figures. The figures, published in the latest ABI quarterly research reviewInsurance Trends, are provided by the Government Actuary&#39s Depart- ment andgive an estimate of the amount of funds invested […]

Friends Provident sets offer price

Friends Provident has set its offer share price at 225p a share, giving it a market capitalisation of £3.7bn on listing. The preferential offer is 213.75p a share. It received £566m of share applications. A total of 224.8m shares, worth £506m, are being sold to pay members who have chosen sell their shares on listing. […]

PIA disciplines three firms

The PIA has taken disciplinary action against IFA Wood Tompson of 46 Ridgeway, Weston Favell, Northampton for pensions review failings and ordered it to appoint external consultants at its expense to assist in the completion of its review cases. The firm has also been trading under the names Northampton Pensions Centre and Chiltern Pensions Centre. […]

IF banking on healthy future with gym deal

Intelligent Finance is aiming to create a healthier image by signing adeal with 200 fitness clubs across the UK that will see its productspromoted in gyms across the country. The IF brand and information about its full range of personal bankingproducts will be advertised at health and fitness clubs such as David LloydLeisure, LA Fitness, […]


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