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Investment: An A-Z Guide by Philip Ryland

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The Takeover Panel

The UK’s regulatory body that is concerned with the takeover of companies whose shares are held by the public. The panel was set up in 1968 in response to growing criticism of unfair takeover practices. Its brief is to ensure that all shareholders in a company in receipt of a takeover bid are treated fairly, according to the City Code of Takeovers and Mergers. Although it has no sanctions of its own, the panel’s reputation for dispensing common-sense rulings speedily during the hurly-burly of a takeover means that it is a successful example of self-regulation.

Tax-exempt special savings account

The bottom rung of the tax-free savings and investment ladder in the UK introduced in 1991. A tax-exempt special savings ...

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