LONDON (Reuters) – Insurer Prudential (PRU.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday its chief executive Tidjane Thiam is leaving to take the reins at Credit Suisse, as it reported a 14 percent rise in operating profits in 2014, sending its shares lower.
Prudential released its results nearly two hours ahead of schedule, after the Financial Times reported late on Monday that Thiam would replace Brady Dougan at the Swiss bank.
ZURICH/LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – Brady Dougan is set to
quit as chief executive of Credit Suisse, a person
familiar with the matter told Reuters. He will be replaced by
Tidjane Thiam, who heads insurance group Prudential, the
Financial Times reported.
Thiam is expected to be announced as a replacement for
Dougan by the London-based insurer, which reports its annual
results at 0700 GMT on Tuesday, the FT said.
LONDON (Reuters) – Insurers Aviva Plc (AV.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Friends Life Group Plc (FLG.L: Quote, Profile, Research) reported forecast-beating yearly profits on Thursday, lifting their shares to multi-year highs ahead of a 5.6 billion pound agreed merger due to complete next month.
Aviva is acquiring Friends Life as changes in the UK pensions market put pressure on life insurance companies, leading to a drop in their sales of income-bearing annuities.
LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Insurers Aviva Plc and
Friends Life Group Plc reported forecast-beating yearly
profits on Thursday, lifting their shares to multi-year highs
ahead of a 5.6 billion pound ($8.5 billion) agreed merger due to
complete next month.
Aviva is acquiring Friends Life as changes in the UK
pensions market put pressure on life insurance companies,
leading to a drop in their sales of income-bearing annuities.
LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Legal & General Plc on
Wednesday became the latest insurer to report a drop in demand
for personal annuities and growing reliance on sales to
companies, as full-year profits just lagged forecasts to send
its shares lower.
The UK life insurance industry has been shaken by pension
reforms to be implemented next month, which allow retirees to
use their pension pots as they choose rather than being
compelled to buy an annuity giving an income for life.
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) – Annuity provider Partnership
Assurance said on Tuesday that total operating profit
dropped 51 percent to 64 million pounds ($98.48 million) in
2014, dented by a fall in the sales of individual annuities.
Specialist annuity providers have been hit by UK government
changes, to take effect from next month, which mean pensioners
no longer need to use their pension pots to buy individual
annuities, which give a regular income for life.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Standard Life Investments (SLI),
the fund arm of insurer Standard Life, said on Friday it
remained unhappy with governance at British companies Sports
Direct, Afren and Micro Focus International
The asset manager, which has 246 billion pounds ($380
billion) in funds under management, voted against management
recommendations in 907 resolutions in 2014, it said in its
annual governance and stewardship review.
LONDON (Reuters) – Financial services company Old Mutual (OML.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is to focus this year on getting value from its existing businesses after reporting a 16 percent rise in 2014 operating profit that sent its shares to a record high.
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Insurance company RSA
swung into profit in 2014 under the stewardship of former Royal
Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester but announced further
cost-cutting and the departure of its chief financial officer.
The firm, best known for its More Than home and motor
insurance brand, has been trying to turn itself around after
posting losses in 2013 following a series of weather-related
claims and an accounting scandal at its Irish unit.
LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A strong performance in European
equity strategies helped to push asset manager Henderson’s
underlying profit up 13 percent in 2014, the company
said on Wednesday, and assets under management hit record highs.
But weaker net inflows in the fourth quarter led some
analysts to question whether the performance was sustainable.