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Regulator planning to curb split-cap dealings

The FSA has published proposals for new rules for investment companies which it says will restrict the activities of split-cap managers in the wake of the crisis gripping the sector.

The changes were initially announced by the FSA&#39s outgoing chairman Howard Davies in November with details published this week in consultation paper 164: investment companies – proposed changes to the listing rule and conduct of business rules.

They have been broadly welcomed by the AITC but it says it has concerns about some of the wording.

It disagrees with the proposal that investment trusts should publish monthly lists of all holdings of more than 0.5 per cent, saying that only holdings in other trusts should have to be disclosed so often.

The AITC is concerned that investment trust funds of funds would be prevented from investing in unit trust Fofs as it thinks they should only be stopped from taking stakes in other investment trust Fofs.

AITC director general Daniel Godfrey says: “We are philosophically hand in hand with what they are trying to achieve but there are some areas about which we have concerns.”

FSA managing director Michael Foot says: “Today&#39s consultation paper deals with changes to our rules for when investment companies first come to the stockmarket and for when intermediaries sell shares on to retail investors.”


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