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Private banking: the heavyweights are on the prowl

The private banking industry is strongly fragmented and it appears that banks are now snapping up small rivals on the cheap as the markets hint at a recovery. With large players wanting to keep up with their peers, and numerous opportunities still to be had, this could be the start of a second wave of consolidation.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2003
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CommentWire

PICC: investors flock to China

PICC's [2328.HK] highly successful IPO debut underlines the overwhelming interest in China's insurance market by western investors. The IPO was believed to be more than four times oversubscribed by institutional investors, which bodes well for two further Chinese insurance IPOs due at the start of next year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

German tax: an amnesty you could refuse

The German Chancellor is trying to push through a tax amnesty that would enable tax offenders to repatriate assets but would still penalize them with 25% tax on past interest. However, the proposals have been temporarily blocked by the German parliament. Swiss banks seem untroubled, rightly expecting few Germans to respond to such an unattractive amnesty.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2003
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CommentWire

Landesbanken: rating agency fear

International ratings agency Standard & Poor's has announced it is considering the publication of stand-alone ratings, which would take the future loss of state guarantees of Germany's Landesbanken into account. The publication of such a rating would have a strong impact on the refinancing costs of the Landesbanken and might make mergers more difficult.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2003
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CommentWire

Gold: an increasingly competitive investment vehicle

Gold prices have recently reached seven-year highs, at a time when capital markets are showing recovery, which contradicts convictions on the timing of bullion rises. As a stabilizing influence on investment portfolios, investment managers would serve their clients well by reviewing exposure to this impressive growth.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2003
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CommentWire

CSFB: new performance related pensions

CSFB [CSR] is to replace its final salary pension scheme with a new performance related defined contribution fund. Although employees will lose the guarantees associated with final salary pensions, they gain from the bonus linked to the bank's overall performance. If it proves successful more UK companies may adopt the new model.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2003
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CommentWire

Man Group: going mainstream

Having exploited the strong growth in alternative investments in recent years, Man Group [EMG.L], the largest listed hedge fund product provider, has announced it now plans to boost its equity research and broking division. The move, which clearly highlights Man's determination to expand, could prove challenging as Man lines up against mainstream banks and stockbrokers.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2003
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CommentWire

Commodity trading: record highs in 2003

Commodity exchanges in the US and Europe enjoyed a bumper year in 2003 as the range of options for those wishing to access the market continued to expand. Private banks could exploit the commodities boom to restore their tarnished reputations in the light of the equity slump.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2004
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CommentWire

UBS: acquiring a little piece of history

UBS [UBS] looks set to acquire one of the oldest names in the city, the private client brokerage Laing & Cruickshank. The takeover would continue UBS's growth in the onshore European wealth management market, which it has been targeting since 2001, and would make Laing & Cruickshank's 35 partners very wealthy. However it would likely be the end of one of London's historic city brands.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2004
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CommentWire

Charles Stanley: branching out in broking

Charles Stanley's [CAY.L] acquisition of Fyshe Horton Finney will confirm its position as one of the largest broking firms in the City of London, and add a number of new offices to plug a conspicuous hole in the company's national network. Fyshe Horton should complement Charles Stanley well, but the loss of the brand name may have implications for regional client recognition.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2004

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