Commentaries

Aviva ceo gets vote of confidence from chairman. Oh dear.

October 22, 2009

It’s an iron law of business that whenever a chairman talks publicly of his complete confidence in his chief executive, he hasn’t got it. Andrew Moss must be hoping that Aviva, the UK’s biggest insurance group, is the exception that tests the rule.

Aviva avoids property bargain on its doorstep

August 17, 2009

Aviva Investors is the latest asset manager to consider a fund to take advantage of real estate downturn, according to recent reports. By coincidence, the UK insurer is already very familiar with some of the property that may come to market as a result of the credit crunch.

Killing two birds with a partial IPO

August 6, 2009

SPORTS YACHTINGBanks and insurers are looking for ways to bolster their capital, while having the flexibility to strike if there are acquisitions to be had on the cheap. To achieve these twin goals, Spain’s Santander and now British insurer Aviva intend to float minority stakes in subsidiaries.