Protesters hold banners and shout outside the venue where Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron was to address the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner in Glasgow on August 28, 2014.AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN
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With only weeks to go before Scots vote on independence, Scotland-based stocks are reversing months of underperformance, indicating that investors are taking a sanguine stance on the impact of a potential break-up of the U.K.This is as much a reflection of the marginal exposure of U.K. stocks to Scotland – only 12 companies on the FTSE 350 index are based north of the border – as it is about investors' belief that Scots will prove the pollsters right and vote not to split.Banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds have already said that an independent Scotland could have a significant impact on compliance costs, taxes and credit ratings.
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