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R&SA tipped for takeover

Royal & Sun Alliance is tipped to be first to fall to a takeover deal this year, according to city mergers and acquisition watchers.

Anglo-Swiss group Zurich is set to be the likely bidder for the company.

Mergers and acquisitions hotshots are hoping any activity surrounding R&SA will herald a bumper year for takeovers.

Other top targets for the new year include Cable & Wireless, Marks & Spencer and Racal Electronics.


Watchdog warning on share perks

The Financial Services Authority are urging caution to investors buying shares because they offer perks. FSA spokesperson Sarah Modlock says: “If people are buying equities they need to realise there is a risk attached to this. You should always seek professional advice.”IFA firm Hargreaves Landsdown offers a guide of 90 stockmarket companies who give perks […]

Internet flotation rush

Internet companies are breaking the January mould by floating on stockmarkets.Traditionally January is slow for new stocks, but experts believe an internet company flotation rush is being caused by high private investor demand for technology stocks.In Europe, new flotations will include Lycos and Bertelsmann who are set to take their internet joint venture to Frankfurt-based […]

IFA networks battle it out with &#39bully-boy&#39 PSA

IFA networks are facing a legal fight with the Professional Sales Association over claims they are using “bully-boy” tactics used to exploit members.The PSA, a section of Manufacturing Science and Finance Union, the UK&#39s fifth largest with more than 400,000 members, is considering a legal action against IFA networks in a bid to stamp out […]

Lloyds TSB Euro push

Lloyds TSB is set to develop an internet stepping-stone into Europe.It has confirmed reports it is developing a “European internet offering” but would not confirm the timetable and cost of the proposal.It already operates overseas in New Zealand and Latin America.A spokesperson says: “We are interested in developing our e-commerce side of the business and […]


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