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Hostile Manulife bid for Canada Life

Manulife has launched a hostile bid for rival Canada Life which could result in windfalls of around £4,000 for the UK investors who accepted shares when Canada Life demutualised in 1999.

If successful and approved by regulators, it would result in the fourth biggest insurance company in North America and the tenth largest in the world.

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Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
• The turnaround in individual countries’ current accounts
• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk

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