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Standard policyholders fear Thursday&#39s bonus announcement

Standard Life policyholders are fearful of what lies in store for them this week with the mutual insurer scheduled to make its bonus announcement Thursday.

Standard has already revealed cuts are likely, but in a statement announcing its decision to carry out a strategic review earlier this month, moved to reassure policyholders that cuts would be in line with competitors.

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