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Henderson attack on Charter trust board

Henderson Global Investors sent out a circular to the investors of the Charter European investment trust this week, warning that the current board does not deserve their support.

The letter said the board had made bad decisions on behalf of its investors, having presided over a term of consistent poor performance.

Henderson has launched a hostile bid for the trust, which has the support of two other major shareholders – Equitable Life and Standard Life. The vote is set for March 1.


ScotMut decision trees to help IFAs plot their future

Scottish Mutual has drawn up a set of decision trees to help guide confused IFAs through the options available to their business following the FSA&#39s polarisation proposals in CP121.The decision trees go through what it would mean to be an IFA under the regulator&#39s proposals to help them discover if their business are sustainable under […]

Birchin in moves to buy up big IFA or network

Aim-listed financial services investment group Birchin International is in negotiations to buy a national IFA or network in a bid to become a major player in the market.Birchin, which is valued at £17m, announced last week that its target was an unquoted company of such a size that the acquisition would amount to a reverse […]

Online service for mortgage intermediaries

A new online service for mortgage intermediaries is being launched by 121 Legals, a network of solicitors, giving them access to a panel of legal professionals and conveyancing quotes. Intermediaries can register for the service free of charge and pick their preferred solicitors from a list, banded according to price. Every time they log onto […]

Britannic set for second service at Eastbourne

Britannic Asset Management is to sponsor the ladies international tennis tournament at Eastbourne for the second time this summer.The grass court tennis week, which is seen as a warm-up for Wimbledon, runs from June 15 to June 22.Sales & marketing director Francis Ghiloni says:”We were delighted with the success of our first year as title […]

Parental leave and pensions

Fiona Hanrahan  – Senior Product Insight and Technical Support Analyst We are often asked how parental leave impacts workplace pension schemes in terms of funding in general, auto enrolment and salary exchange. This article will explain each of these. How does parental leave impact the funding of workplace pension schemes? A member of a defined […]


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