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  1. May 23, 2014

    The reinvention of pensions

    The U-shaped annuity. Deferred annuities that do not pay out for decades after they are bought and pensions that remain...

  2. May 6, 2014

    Axa first-quarter sales slip 1%

    Axa’s push to encourage life and pensions customers to bear more investment risks has contributed to weaker-than-expected...

  1. February 21, 2014

    Axa raises dividend as US strength offsets European catastrophes

    A higher rate of natural catastrophes in Europe weighed on Axa’s profit last year, but this was more than offset by the...

  2. October 20, 2013

    New funds: October 21

    ● US fund house Legg Mason Global Asset Management has launched the Legg Mason Western Asset Senior Loans fund to provide...

  3. October 16, 2013

    Axa sells biggest euro ‘cat bond’

    Axa has completed the biggest ever issuance of euro-denominated “catastrophe bonds”, underscoring investor hunger for...

  4. September 29, 2013

    Axa to spin out private equity arm

    Axa Private Equity, the $32bn fund management business headed by industry veteran Dominique Senequier, will announce early...

  5. September 23, 2013

    Axa eyes sale of natural ingredient maker Diana

    Axa Private Equity, the Paris-based buyout fund manager, is preparing a sale of French natural ingredient maker Diana, in a...

  6. September 13, 2013

    Axa fined £1.8m over investment advice

    Regulators have fined Axa’s UK wealth management operation £1.8m after finding “serious deficiencies” in its investment...

  7. August 25, 2013

    A little Gallic forethought needed

    Hordes of clean-cut French financiers, fresh from long summer breaks, puff on cigarettes outside the glass towers looming...

  8. August 20, 2013

    Banks and insurers lead Europe’s retreat

    Banks and insurers found themselves at the foot of pan-European equity indices on fears their exposure to falling debt and...

  9. August 2, 2013

    Axa and Allianz beat forecasts

    Europe’s two biggest insurance companies have brushed aside lacklustre economic growth, weak investment returns and heavy...

  10. August 2, 2013

    Allianz and Axa drive European stocks higher

    Forecast-beating profit in the financial sector was the main driver on Europe’s equity markets this week. On Friday,...

  11. August 1, 2013

    Luton Airport takes off from one Spanish owner to land at another

    Spanish infrastructure groups played pass-the-parcel with Luton Airport on Thursday as Abertis confirmed the sale of its...

  12. July 21, 2013

    Private Polish pensions face the chop

    Investment managers such as Aviva, ING and Axa risk being stripped of assets in a mooted dismantling of Poland’s private...

  13. June 24, 2013

    Insurers turn to infrastructure for yield

    A prison on the outskirts of Valence in southeast France is being touted as a template investment for some of Europe’s...

  14. June 18, 2013

    Axa will lend €10bn for infrastructure projects

    Axa plans to lend €10bn to infrastructure projects over the next five years, in a clear sign that insurance companies are...

  15. May 27, 2013

    Club Med to be taken over in €556m deal

    Club Méditerranée is to be taken over by its biggest shareholders in a friendly deal that values the French holiday resort...

  16. May 26, 2013

    Equity funds in demand as markets rally

    Investors seem to be overcoming their deep distrust of stock market investments, according to data collated by Lipper, the...

  17. April 24, 2013

    Axa targets growth with share in Chinese insurer

    Axa, the French insurer, is expanding its business in Asia through a €485m deal to buy 50 per cent of Tian Ping, a Chinese...

  18. April 15, 2013

    Axa UK to stop offering financial advice

    Axa UK is cutting about 450 jobs after the British arm of the French insurance group said it would stop offering...

  19. March 17, 2013

    Let’s welcome the foray into lending

    The term “shadow banking” seems almost designed to send a shiver down one’s spine. As if being a banker was not bad enough...

  20. March 10, 2013

    BlackRock loses European fund sales crown

    BlackRock surrendered the top spot for fund sales in Europe last year, sliding to fourth in a ranking compiled by Lipper...

  21. February 21, 2013

    Axa and Allianz: grind the numbers

    The big benefit of owning a composite insurer, so the theory goes, is that diversification smooths the impact of cycles in...

  22. February 21, 2013

    Axa chief weighs in on French output

    The head of Axa, one of France’s biggest companies, weighed into the controversy over comments by the head of a US tyremaker...

  23. February 6, 2013

    Total in talks to sell TIGF arm

    Total, the French oil major, has entered exclusive talks with a consortium led by Snam of Italy to sell its natural gas...

  24. January 16, 2013

    Two groups lead bidders for Total’s TIGF

    Two consortiums have emerged from the pack in an auction for the gas transport business of France’s Total, which is nearing...

  25. January 14, 2013

    Generali sets strategic course

    Cavour unified Italy. Can Generali boss Mario Greco make the insurer operate as one? At Monday’s investor day he promised a...

  26. January 6, 2013

    Axa seeks £1bn for long-lease UK fund

    Axa Real Estate, the property arm of the French insurer, has asked investors for £1bn to buy buildings in the UK with...

  27. December 11, 2012

    Global insurers ‘less risky than banks’

    The largest globally active insurers are smaller, less dependent on short-term funding and less connected to other financial...

  28. November 7, 2012

    French business leaders question tax breaks

    Two of France’s most senior business leaders, Patrick Kron and Henri de Castries, have raised doubts about how far its...

  29. September 30, 2012

    Deans capitalise on the China connection

    On the window sill in Qian Yingyi’s Beijing office, a framed photo of Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, sits...

  30. September 16, 2012

    View from the top: Henri de Castries

    The aristocratic Henri de La Croix de Castries, to give him his full name, is as establishment as you can get in France....

  31. August 31, 2012

    Axa joins SuMi Trust in Tokyo fund

    Axa, one of Europe’s largest insurers, has teamed up with Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank to invest Y50bn ($640m) in...

  32. August 5, 2012

    Allianz / Axa – they can work it out

    There was a time when Axa chief executive Henri de Castries could do no wrong in investors’ eyes, as the French insurer...

  33. August 3, 2012

    Axa on track to meet five-year targets

    Axa reported first-half profits that beat expectations as Europe’s second-largest insurer by market value said it was on...

  34. July 9, 2012

    Axa aims to find catalyst for change

    Ask Henri de Castries what he thinks about Europe’s seemingly never-ending crisis and its impact on Axa, and the chairman...

  35. June 17, 2012

    Axa raises $7bn fund for buyout deals

    Axa Private Equity has raised the biggest fund targeting investors looking to sell out of their buyout positions, in an...

  36. April 11, 2012

    Rivals play catch-up with the Pru in Indonesia

    Prudential revealed some startling figures about Indonesia in its results last month. The world’s fourth most populous...

  37. March 21, 2012

    Generali slumps in wake of Greek debt hit

    Generali underperformed a falling Italian market after it announced a sharp drop in full-year net profits. The Italian...

  38. March 16, 2012

    EU capital concessions lift insurers

    Credit Suisse led a rally among Europe’s investment banking stocks as investor sentiment surrounding the sector improved....

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