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Standard Life carpetbagger has request quashed

Standard Life carpet bagger David Stonebanks has had his hopes for assistance from the insurer in drafting resolutions for a special general meeting to vote on demutualisation squashed. The provider has written to Mr Stonebanks saying it would be unreasonable to expect the board to help with the drafting of a proposal which it believes would damage the company. It has also said there is no basis for his request for a judicial review of its decision to dismiss his last request for a special meeting after it deemed his resolutions were invalid.


Axa &#39in talks to buy Swiss Life&#39s individual book&#39

Axa is believed to be in talks to acquire Swiss Life&#39s individual protection book with a view to reopening it and selling new products to an established market. As revealed in Money Marketing three weeks ago, Axa is developing products to enter the protection market although it refuses to give details. A senior industry source […]

Keydata locks in growth

Keydata Investments has unveiled the second issue of the FTSE growthbuilder plan, a guaranteed equity bond that locks in 20 per cent growth for each 20 per cent rise in the FTSE 100 over six years. The bond is identical to the maximum growth option that was available on the first issue of the product. […]

The gilt complex

In my last article, I started to look at the importance, for advisers and their clients, of identifying asset allocation within with-profits funds to help estimate likely future sustainable rates of bonus. I looked specifically at the important example of Equitable Life, whose with-profits fund, at least until recently, consisted of around 80 per cent […]

The miles file

If you have an idle moment, peruse the figures for the UK all companies sector since the start of the year. You will not find most of the top dozen funds on the recommendation lists of many IFAs. Why? This year&#39s high-flying funds are mainly small and lack a three-year track record. For many financial […]


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