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Aegon still on acquisition trail

Aegon is still seeking further UK acquisitions following its purchase of Guardian Royal Exchange&#39s life and pensions business says the Financial Times.

The Dutch based group whose UK operations include Scottish Equitable, says it would be interested in other life offices especially mutuals with complementary products to its own.

Aegon says the purchase of GRE for £759m, provides it with a platform for growth into the employee benefits sector and now gives it a footing in each of the key sectors of the IFA market.


Axa Sun Life chief executive going down under

Axa Sun Life chief executive Les Owen is quitting the company to move to Australia.The move will see Owen promoted within Axa, to become group managing director and chief executive of National Mutual Holdings in Australia.Axa has a controlling 51 per cent stake in National Mutual.Owen will be responsible for Axa&#39s operations in Australasia as […]

Legal & General launches second with-profits bond

Legal & General is launching a second version of its with-profits bond.The bond is aimed at investors looking to achieve capital growth and is designed to complement the existing with-profits income version.The new bond offers a choice of either a 5 per cent initial charge or a monthly charging version of 0.75 per cent a […]

Portman Building Society launches one year fixed rate bond

Portman Building Society has launched a one year fixed rate bond paying 5.75 per cent.The bond has a minimum investment of £500 or £1,000 for postal applications.No withdrawals are allowed during the term.

Virgin Direct calls for voluntary benchmarks on stakeholder

Virgin Direct is calling on the Government to introduce voluntary benchmarks for stakeholder pensions, claiming there is no excuse for any delay.The move is Virgin&#39s in response to Government&#39s latest consultation paper on stakeholder pensions.In its reply to the paper, Virgin welcomes the Government&#39s decision of &#39sticking to its guns&#39 over the 1 per cent […]

Rayner Spencer Mills: Why we rate the Artemis Global Growth Fund

Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill from RSM explain why they rate the fund, its investment process and how it can be used in a portfolio. The Artemis Global Growth Fund became a RSM ‘rated’ fund earlier this year. In this video, Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill explain the fund’s investment approach, why they rate it, […]


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