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Aegon takes stake in Assureweb

Aegon UK have become the fifth provider to buy a stake in the Misys portal Assureweb. It follows Clerical Medical, Friends Provident, Norwich Union, Scottish Widows purchase of 40 per cent of the portal in January. Misys retains a majority stake of 60 per cent. Collectively the five providers have made a £9.2m investment in Assureweb and have committed to payments of £16.8m for services relating to usage of the portal, which is open to all providers and IFAs.

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