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Equitable transfers annuity business

Equitable Life has completed the transfer of the bulk of its non-profit pension annuity business, comprising around 130,000 policies worth £4.61bn, to Canada Life. This is the biggest transfer of a non-profit annuity portfolio in the UK.

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