Tuesday, July 04, 2006

BARS for Sale

The Weekly Citizen reports that Barclays has put up its troubled Barclays Advisory and Registrar Services (BARS) unit up for sale. There have been numerous complaints at recent AGM’s of poor/slow shareholder services at BARS, which has also weathered a long-running fraud case regarding dormant shareholder funds.


Interested party said...

Question does the the weekly citizen have a website?
If so pliz give us the web address.

The Rant said...

On the subject of shareholder and investors. Maybe future managers need to familiarize themselves with this must-reads for investors:

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk-Peter Bernstein.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds-Charles Mackay.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, 9th Ed.-Burton Malkiel.

Investment Policy:How to win the Loser's Game, 4th ed.

Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment-David Swensen.

Stocks for the Long Run-Jeremy Siegel.

The Intelligence Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing, REV. Ed.-Benjamin Graham with Jason Zweig.

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits-Phillip Fisher.

Recommended for those just out of college:

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need-Andrew Tobias.

Informed Investor-Frank Armstrong.

bankelele said...

Interested party: Weekly Citizen is a nairobi tabloid without website. But story is accurate

The Rant: I feel BARS was quite overwhelmend with the number of shareholders they were supposed to be servicing (BBK, EABL, KQ, others - all large companies with tens of thousand of shareholders)

gathinga said...

this is long overdue

The Rant said...

By the way, that is the must read list according to BW for July 10, 06. I subscribe.

coldtusker said...

There are multiple factors for BARS performance including fraud esp from fraudsters who colluded with stockbrokers' employees to immobilise shares into CDSC.

Remember many old guys will sign anything but want a physical certificate! So the fraudsters got duplicates (thus invalidating the original cert) then immobilising into the CDS & selling!

Even if BARS wanted to prosecute the system is loaded against the victim coz of corruption & that time it takes for cases to move thru the system!


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