Regulations and Law

A Bumper Edition of Investors Chronicle

The opinions expressed in this article are those of its author and not necessarily those of ShareSoc. Over the Christmas period we were treated to a bumper edition of the Investors’ Chronicle. And I have to say that this magazine has improved of late under the editorship of Rosie Carr. Whether she has a bigger budget or is just picking better writers I do not know but she certainly deserved the job after working for the magazine for many years. I’ll pick out ...

Discrimination Against High Net Worth Individuals?

The views expressed in this article are those of its author and not necessarily those of ShareSoc The cost of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme has been increasing substantially in recent years, as more mis-selling scandals have proliferated and firms have gone bust. This has led to complaints from those firms who fund the scheme and has led the FCA to undertake a “Compensation Framework Review”. This includes looking at possible changes to the scope of protection such as limiting it to “mainstream” ...

Core VCT – another messy VCT

It is some time since ShareSoc mentioned the Core VCTs in 2015, https://www.sharesoc.org/blog/company-news/governance-in-investment-trusts-alliance-trust-baronsmead-vct-3-and-the-core-vcts/ but due to the hard work behind the scenes by Nigel Sommerville, Tim Grattan, Robin Goodfellow and others, it looks like progress is about to happen. Nigel has written up the latest developments with ShareProphets click here to read (it is free - outside their paywall) https://www.shareprophets.com/views/59458/core-vcts-a-vote-is-called-if-you-or-someone-you-know-held-these-then-please-read The Times wrote about Core on 7 Dec https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/investor-sues-over-cheap-asset-sales-n0wkxqk3f (behind a paywall). Cliff Weight, ShareSoc, Director DISCLOSURE: I have never owned shares in Core. I have ...

Edge Update: another ShareSoc success

This article represents the views of its author and not necessarily those of ShareSoc. Due to the Board's desperate desire to get rid of the I Class, they have sold the main H class asset ahead of their expected timetable under pressure from members of the ShareSoc Edge Performance VCT Campaign https://www.investegate.co.uk/edge-performance-vct--edgh-/rns/sale-of-unity-shares/202111181535248758S/ The Board is pleased to announce that the Company has realised approximately 90% of its holding in Unity Software Inc (Unity) for £10.9m in cash at an average price per share of ...

Edge VCT Campaign Update

This article represents the views of its author and not necessarily those of Sharesoc. Members of the ShareSoc Edge VCT Campaign have, on 2 December 2021, submitted new resolutions to Edge to close the company and return its funds to shareholders and to elect and remove directors. Our cover letter to Edge company secretary Robin Smeaton said: Requisition of General Meeting and Notice to circulate resolutions for that meeting Dear Robin I am sure you will not be at all surprised that shareholders continue to be ...

Companies’ attempts to block shareholder proposals – SEC moves to streamline ESG proxy voting & Edge Update

Since we have still not heard back from Edge about our requests to requisition a General Meeting and resolutions to remove Back, Brocklebank and Bazalgette and appoint Richard Roth, I have written to the Edge Company Secretary Robin Smeaton asking for an update and also quoted an interesting update from the US which readers may also find of interest. Dear Robin, Re Companies’ attempts to block shareholder proposals - SEC moves to streamline ESG proxy voting I am surprised we have not yet heard ...

Good Articles in Investors’ Chronicle

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of ShareSoc There were several good articles in this week’s Investors’ Chronicle. I cover them briefly below. The Editor, Rosie Carr, reported on feedback on readers’ views on taxation. Should the wealthy readers of the IC pay more was one question previously posed and the consensus answer seemed to be Yes. For pensioners it was suggested that they should pay National Insurance on their income and that there ...

FCA AGM questions – Response to ShareSoc question on financial education

Asking a question at an AGM is often a good way to get access to the Board and force them to engage on a key issue.  This approach worked well with the FCA, where I submitted three questions and one of which, on financial education, was answered in the live part of the meeting. Page 18 of the written record of the meeting records that I asked FCA Chair Charles Randell: Will the FCA support greater financial education in schools and in the wider world, ...

When is a concert party not a concert party?

The views expressed in this article are those of the author, not necessarily those of ShareSoc. Today’s RNS from GHE (Gresham House plc) who own Gresham House Asset Management...

Closet Indexing – Update

This is a personal blog by ShareSoc Director Cliff Weight and does not necessarily represent the views of ShareSoc. I have been concerned about Closet Indexing for some time. As have many others, eg https://www.sharesoc.org/blog/general-news/closet-index-trackers-are-you-paying-over-the-odds/ https://www.sharesoc.org/blog/general-news/closet-index-trackers-investigations-in-progress/ https://www.sharesoc.org/blog/collective-investments/closet-indexing/ I met with executives from the FCA on 26 July to discuss our concerns. I have also had several conversations with David Rankin from Punter Southall. The latest news is that Harcus Parker have now starting gathering claimants for a class action against Scottish Widows. They have said- Harcus Parker ...