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Finance Magazine - November 2000 Issue

Survey shows emergence of new firms in stockbroking
Davy Stockbrokers has again been voted the top rated stockbroking firm in Ireland, in this year’s Finance Stockbroking Survey.
Pooling of resources driving corporates’ cash management systems
One of the largest international treasury and cash management conferences - the 9th Annual Conference on International Cash and Treasury Management - was held in Dublin in late October. A key finding of relevance to corporate treasurers were the findings at the conference on the consolidation of cash management systems driving change in treasury structures among European corporates.
Taking stock
EU gives go ahead to pension fund investment in risk capital markets
The European Commission recently adopted a proposal for a Directive on the prudential supervision of supplementary pension funds.
E-business not yet revolutionising financial institutions
European financial institutions do not believe that e-business is revolutionising business today, according to a survey carried out by consultancy firm Arthur D. Little.
Wilson chides analysts, calls for VAT reductions
Stock analysts and market commentators who last year had made internet banking ‘flavour of the month’ were chided by Martin Wilson, president of the Institute of Bankers said at its annual dinner in November.
Bond ranges narrowed in Q3
Bond forecasts and outcome
Entry strategy crucial to success of Pensions Reserve Fund
In a paper given to the Dublin Economic Workshop in Kenmare, John Corrigan, a Director at the NTMA, set out how the new Pension Reserve Fund could be launched, how investment managers could be chosen and how to match its liabilities. He introduced the subject by looking at strategic asset allocation approaches such as efficient frontier analysis and went on to analyse how risk return trade-offs could be addressed within the context of the broad investment mandate for the Pensions Reserve Fund and the overseeing Commission, included in the Bill being brought through the Oireachtas presently. The following are edited extracts from his paper.
Employment law aspects of acquiring a business or company
David O’Donnell and Kevin Langford remind buyers and sellers of key employment law issues to be aware of when entering an acquisition.
Ernst and Young appoints tax expert as managing partner
Ernst & Young is the latest accountancy firm to appoint a tax partner at their helm. Oliver O'Connor interviewed Paul Smith on his agenda for the coming term.
Wild geese
Irish tax manager Kevin McLoughlin tells his experience of moving to San Jose.
Who’s who in Finance: Brian Fowler, Managing director, Accountancy Solutions, Financial Recruitment Specialists.
Who's who in Finance: Yvonne Cullen, Project manager, Forfas EMU Business Awareness Campaign
Who’s who in Finance: Marian Finnegan, Economist, director of research, Sherry Fitzgerald Group.
Who’s who in Finance: Helen Cahill, Head of Corporate Foreign Exchange, Anglo Irish Bank.
A DAY IN THE LIFE Delegation - key to a sane life
Darina Barrett, assurance partner at KPMG, spends a busy day dealing with career reviews, client meetings and organising her marketing trip to New York, but still makes time for daughter Leah.
Tax Monitor Watching the small things
The budget on December 6th is eagerly awaited. The debate as to its contents centres on how to meet political pledges while restraining inflation. There are other technical issues that hopefully will engage the Minister's attention, even if they don't figure largely in his speech.
VAT and insurance
An opinion issued by the European Court of Justice Advocate General has placed a question mark over the VAT status of the outsourcing of services by insurance companies. The full implications will not be clear until the Court itself rules on the matter.
Changing the accounts
FRS12 is an accounting standard which has codified the basis upon which provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets are recognised and disclosed in accounts. The Revenue Commissioners have set out their policy on the application of tax rules to accounts prepared in accordance with FRS12.
Retirement relief
Retirement relief has little to do with retirement but it is nonetheless a relief. Its main role is in passing on family businesses from one generation to the next.
Investment business regulation
The following is an outline of requirments for investment businesses. It is based on the Central Bank’s Guide to Authorisation under the Investment Intermediaries Act.
Andersen Consulting to change name to Accenture
Shared services are at the heart of Andersen Consulting's business. The company has its European shared services centre in Dublin with 16 countries service from the ‘state of the art facility’ and it is from Dublin that the IT operations of 26000 consultants are co-ordinated.
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