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Friends Provident has posted European embedded value full-year profits of 420m, up from 16m in 2007, but suffered an 871m loss on an international financial reporting standards basis and a 500m deterioration in its capital position since December 2008.

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I enjoy rugby union but regular tinkering with the rules is confusing and suggests the underlying principles of the game need constant modification. I am a football man and believe simplicity of the rules is its strength. I was thinking of this when I looked at the changes that the Association of British Insurers’ protection committee are making to total permanent disability.

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Building societies are calling on members to help them petition for reforms to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s levy system, which they believe is unfairly weighted against them.

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