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RBS takeover bid for NatWest

Royal Bank of Scotland is promoting its £22bn takeover plan for National Westminster Bank to institutional investors and City analysts.

RBS is running a roadshow in an attempt to boost its share price and knock down the cash it must offer to Natwest.

The move follows the dip in share price of 20 per cent in the wake of Bank of Scotland&#39s rival bid launched in December.

Deutsche bank analyst Joe Hall says: “Royal Bank shares are trading on one of the lowest ratings in the sector, even on cost savings, and no assumption on revenue gains.”


Government battles finance bill delays

WORDS 111The Government is set to draft in outside lawyers to help speed up the passing of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.The bill has been plagued with delays caused by a need to redraft much of the contents. Although originally expected to be enacted in Spring experts predict it will not now be ready […]

House price surge for December

House price inflation surged 2.6 per cent in December, according to the Halifax.The 2.6 per cent rise was the second biggest monthly increase of 1999.The increase takes the average house price to £83,108.

insurance premiums poised to surge

Life insurance premiums are set to rise in the wake of law reforms banning undercover videotaping of claimants, according to industry lawyers.They predict the Human Rights Act plus civil justice reforms will promote a significant hike in the amount of false claims.Previously bogus accident claims have been thrown out as a result of covert footage […]

Dunfermline carpetbagger defence

Dunfermline Building Society is following the move of other beleaguered mutuals by forcing new members to give potential windfalls to charity.The move follows “disruption” as a result of windfall-chasing new members opening accounts in the hope the society will one day convert to a bank.By making new members relinquish windfall pay-outs Dunfermline joins the ranks […]


Case study: administration — implementing a management log

Our client is a leading video game and publishing company best known for its console role-playing game franchises. The client provides a number of benefits, at varying levels and cost that attract a P11d liability. With the absence of a management log to track data for benefit movements, enormous administrative and therefore cost implications were occurring each year just to comply with P11d reporting requirements.


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