Frontrunning: February 13

** InstarAGF Asset Management Inc is preparing to make a C$50 million ($39.8 million) investment in community energy infrastructure through a partnership with British Columbia-based utility company Creative Energy.


** Bank of Nova Scotia announced a deal on Monday to buy independent investment firm Jarislowsky Fraser for about C$950 million ($755 million).

** Suncor Energy Inc doubled down on its Syncrude oilsands stake with another C$920 million ($731 million) for Mocal Energy Ltd's five percent interest in the project. The company also announced a small but significant deal to buy a stake in a North Sea project.

** The federal government's advertising agency spent more than half of its budget online last year, marking the first time the internet has surpassed television as Ottawa's advertising medium of choice.




The Times

* Lloyds Banking Group aims to raise the proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority staff to 8 percent of its senior managers by 2020.

* The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority each issued papers aimed at forcing firms into improving procedures to guard against computer-driven crashes and market abuse.

The Guardian

* A confidential report into Royal Bank of Scotland is set to be published by MPs after it was widely leaked, revealing details of the bank's treatment of nearly 6,000 struggling small businesses in the aftermath of the 2008 banking crash.

* Transport for London (TfL) has insisted it is not facing a financial crisis despite planning for a near 1 billion pounds ($1.38 billion) deficit next year after a surprise fall in passenger numbers.

The Telegraph

* Barclays has been slapped with a further charge of fraud by UK regulators over its 11.8 billion pounds emergency cash call in the teeth of the financial crisis, putting its banking licences in several countries on the line.

* Twenty-First Century Fox has offered to guarantee the editorial independence of Sky News as it looks to convince regulators it is a fit owner of the Sky Plc.

Sky News

* Victrex will be named on a new public register days after Andrew Dougal quit over his links to Carillion , according to Sky News.

* The world's second largest advertiser, Unilever, is set to make a stand over online safety and pledge not to invest in any platforms which "create divisions in society".

The Independent

* Britain's "broken" energy market must be fixed by introducing an energy price cap before next winter to stop loyal customers being ripped off by suppliers, MPs said on Tuesday.

* More than a quarter of university students are currently running or plan to run a business while studying, new research shows. The study, conducted by a division of Santander dedicated to funding small businesses and students, found that the young entrepreneurs have an average turnover of 11,408 pounds per annum.



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