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Standard Life starts writing business in China

Standard Life has started writing new business in China through a joint venture operation with TEDA Investment Holding Co.

Under the venture Heng-An Standard Life Insurance Company will offer a range of savings, investment and protection products in the Tianjin region of China.

Standard Life group chief executive Iain Lumsden says: “We are delighted to be writing new business in China again, where we first had a presence in 1846. The region of Tianjin offers us an excellent opportunity for growth and allows us to establish the Heng-An Standard Life brand in the Chinese market.”


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Quester searches for top-up

QUESTER CAPITAL MANAGEMENT QUESTER 5 VCT Type: Venture capital trust Aim: Income and growth by investing in unquoted companies Minimum investment: Lump sum £3,000 Opening/closing date: November 17, 2003/March 31, 2004 for 2003/04 tax year, April 30 for 2004/2005 tax year Charges: Initial 5%, annual up to 2.5% Commission: Initial 3% Tel: 020 7227 3333 […]

Scottish Life offers new vision of pensions marketing

Scottish Life has launched a new proposition to let Independent Financial Advisers tap into income streams inside company-based pension by servicing demand among corporate clients for more extensive employee benefit packages. The idea of offering a wider range of benefits to employees has traditionally only been taken up by larger, blue-chip companies. But Scottish Life […]

Gartmore predicts equities to outstrip bonds in 2004

Gartmore chief investment officer Quintin Price is predicting global equities to outperform bonds in 2004 but says the chances of equity market returns being as high as in 2003 are remote. The fund manager is expecting Japan and emerging Asian markets to outperform Europe over the next year. Price says: “We expect returns to be […]

Happy while you work

Well we’ve had scorching weather (yes even up here in Scotland!) and now the Euros 2016 are on – you can’t blame people for wishing life was just one big holiday.  With all these distractions it sometimes feels like work just gets in the way of having a good time! But sunny day skivers are […]


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