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AIM shares to be allowed in ISAs?

Are Alternative Investment Market (AIM) shares right for ISAs?

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement that here is to be a government-led consultation on the possible opening of ISAs (individual savings accounts) to AIM stocks. The UK Shareholders’ Association will participate in this.

The proposal is probably intended as a gesture towards adding another source of capital for cash starved smaller developing businesses.

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More on the Extraordinary Persimmon LTIP

Since UKSA’s policy team first questioned this scheme, further work has been done and a detailed analysis can be found in the members’ section of this website. This shows just what an extraordinary scheme this is and a mystery why the major shareholders supported it.

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Persimmon LTIP

Persimmon has dreamed up a generous new scheme for incentivising its underpaid and overworked directors. Nice work if you can get it!

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BAE SYSTEMS and EADS. UKSA writes to the Takeover Panel

Yesterday, UKSA asked BAE Systems’ directors to use their power to put pressure, both private and public, on all nominees on its share register to ensure that all their clients are fully informed about the proposals and able to instruct their nominees how to vote. UKSA has now written to the Takeover Panel, the body responsible for ensuring that the proposed merger is conducted fairly and in a principled way. The Panel’s publicly declared task is to supervise and regulate all matters to which the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers applies.

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BAE SYSTEMS and EADS. The Scandal of Investors Without a Vote

UKSA has sent letters to Dick Olver, BAE Systems chairman and to Sir Peter Mason KBE, its senior independent director, calling upon them to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that private investors in BAE using nominee accounts are enabled to vote on the proposed merge with EADS.

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Northern Rock 5 years ago !

Calling all former Northern Rock Depositors

It is almost 5 years since our TV screens and newspapers were filled with pictures of the queues outside Northern Rock branches.

There is a building media interest on how the past 5 years has worked out for those involved in the ‘Rock' whether they be employee, shareholder, depositor or even all three. BBC Newsnight are looking to speak to former savers in Northern Rock who stood in those queues five years ago to look at how the last 5 years as turned out for them in the aftermath of the credit crunch.

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