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Standard Life refuses to comment on UBS floatation plan claims

Standard Life is refusing to comment today on reports that investment bank UBS has been retained by the insurer to prepare it for possible stock market flotation if its current talks with the FSA over new accounting practices fall down.

News reports over the weekend said UBS advisers had been hired to prepare Standard for a suggested £5bn flotation as a possible option. Some suggest this is the board&#39s favoured option, but it is also looking at other options such as raising capital in the bond market, or potentially demerging its American subsidiaries or investment division.


An education in communication

We have an industry embroiled with working on developing products, imp-roving the regulation surrounding products and reviewing the legislation within which our industry works. But are we missing the point? Of course we need to get the infrastructure of our industry right and we have to welcome all moves to improve. Yes, reviews, consultation papers […]

Cazalet warns Standard listing will be no cash windfall

Standard Life is almost certain to demutualise but there will not be a windfall bonanza for policyholders, according to leading insurance analyst Ned Cazalet. Cazalet says the life office will need to float at about £3-4bn, assuming there has already been a much-needed substantial capital injection. But as Standard is demutualising out of necessity he […]

From weak to strong

Many advisers are currently re-evaluating their clients&#39 with-profits investments. Despite the rally in recent months, the downturn in stockmarkets in recent years has taken its toll on the financial strength of with-profit funds, with various results. Some funds have closed to new business. Some have set bonuses to zero. Others remain open and continue to […]

Halifax forecasts 8% rise for 2004

House prices increased by 1.8 per cent in December compared with 1.1 per cent in November, according to Halifax&#39s house price index. Annual price inflation for 2003 was 15.4 per cent compared with 26.4 per cent in 2002. Halifax predicts that prices will increase by 8 per cent this year. Prices in the North rose […]

Mark Page: “A good time to be a European fund manager”

With European markets picking up in early 2015, Mark Page, Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager, discusses the ‘macro’ drivers and whether the improvements are sustainable. Largely driven by economic stimulus by the European Central Bank, European stockmarkets have performed strongly so far in 2015. Mark discusses the relative merits and sustainability of ECB policy with […]


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