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Mayday alert

Financial institutions in London are bracing themselves for thousands of anti-capitalist demonstrators pouring in to the city on May 1, bent on violent confrontation.

Police warn that Oxford Street could be the focal point of criminal activities but the City is also likely to come under attack. Some of the companies targeted include Barclays, HSBC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Lloyds and Prudential.

Targeted companies are having police visits to ensure that extra security arrangements are in place.

London mayor Ken Livingstone said: “Strong evidence indicates there is a hard core of people intent on acts of vandalism and violence.”


VCT sales surge despite a spate of withdrawals

Venture capital trust sales rocketed by more than 50 per cent last tax year, with the established players taking the lion&#39s share of the market.But the 2000/01 tax year was also tainted with disappointment, as more subscriptions were left unfilled and more VCTs were pulled than ever before, including one withdrawal on the last day […]

Consider your options

My last article considered one of the longest-standing share option arrangements – the SAYE share option scheme.The next step in the consideration of approved share option schemes is the discretionary share option arrangement known as the company share option plan. This, in effect, is an extended but less restricted version of the SAYE scheme without […]

National Counties home in on remortgages

National Counties Building Society has designed a stepped discount mortgage with a twist.The two year stepped discount mortgage is available for loans of up to 80 per cent of valaution and has two remortgage options.For house purchases and remortgages where the borrowers is prepared to pay an arrangement fee and meet all legal costs, there […]

Lenders look at seller&#39s pack mortgages

Several lenders are develop-ing mortgages which would include financial assistance for the proposed seller&#39s pack, according to Scottish Amicable national mortgage manager John Malone.He believes a mortgage product offering assistance or underwriting the cost of the seller&#39s pack could promote lender loyalty as the mortgage rate war is likely to subside later this year.Plans might […]


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