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    1. 17 hours ago

      Axa’s decision to quit tobacco is not as pure as it looks

      Hey, Axa, what took you so long? The famous British Medical Journal report showing links between smoking and lung...

    2. May 23, 2016

      Axa to ditch its €1.7bn investments in tobacco shares and bonds

      Axa is to ditch its tobacco investments, arguing that owning them clashes with its position as a health insurer. The...

    1. Fast FT

      May 9, 2016

      'Almost madness': Companies pile into euro bonds

      As the European Central Bank’s first foray into the corporate bond market draws closer, companies are piling in. A slew...

    2. May 4, 2016

      Axa sells Elevate business to Standard Life

      Axa is to sell Elevate, a business which handles nearly £10bn of UK investments, to Edinburgh-based insurer Standard...

    3. April 22, 2016

      Phoenix Group frontrunner to buy rival Sun Life

      Phoenix Group, the acquisition-hungry UK insurer, is the frontrunner to buy Sun Life, a smaller UK rival being sold by...

    4. March 21, 2016

      Incoming Axa chief Thomas Buberl to focus on digital transformation

      The incoming chief executive of French insurer Axa has said in his first interview that he wants the company to focus...

    5. February 25, 2016

      Axa chief calls for stability after Solvency II introduction

      Axa chief executive Henri de Castries has called for a period of stability following the introduction of the EU’s...

    6. February 19, 2016

      Clarke ready to share the wisdom of Man

      Peter Clarke: good hedge Peter Clarke is hedging his bets. The old Man Group boss, who came unstuck after poor...

    7. February 8, 2016

      Africa Internet Group set to become continent’s first ‘unicorn’

      Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the...

    8. January 31, 2016

      Axa chief excited by technological change

      Old meets new at Axa’s Paris headquarters. The old is an ornate 18th century mansion. Bolted on to it is the new — a...

    9. January 18, 2016

      Aviva opens ‘digital garage’ in technology push

      Few investors would associate exposed brick walls, table footie and vintage posters in London’s trendy Hoxton Square...

    10. January 18, 2016

      Insurers commit $1bn to tech start-ups

      Some of the world’s biggest insurers have committed more than $1bn to investing in technology start-ups as the industry...

    11. December 23, 2015

      Video games can help bring excluded youth into work

      When managers put on Mary Poppins masks to declare that “in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun”,...

    12. December 3, 2015

      Axa pledges higher dividends

      Axa has pledged to pay higher dividends after it won regulatory approval for models that will help push down the amount...

    13. June 28, 2015

      Movers & shakers: June 29

      • Artemis, the £22bn UK fund house, has poached one of Standard Life Investments’ star managers. Ed Legget (pictured),...

    14. February 25, 2015

      Axa chief Henri de Castries takes aim at regulators

      Henri de Castries is a devout Catholic and “believes in miracles”, but the chief executive of Axa says it is not the...

    15. December 2, 2014

      M&A activity hots up in Africa as investors bet on growth

      Concerns on the scale of the Ebola crisis, current levels of political unrest and plunging commodity prices would have...

    16. December 2, 2014

      Aviva to review external managers of Friends Life funds

      Aviva will review management of Friends Life funds outsourced to Axa Investment Managers and Schroders when it takes...

    17. September 21, 2014

      Axa joins IFC in developing markets insurance push

      Axa is to partner with the private investment arm of the World Bank in what is set to be the most wide-ranging...

    18. August 1, 2014

      Axa accuses markets of overestimating low interest rates’ impact

      The markets are overestimating the negative impact of continued low interest rates on profits at Axa, according to the...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. August 2, 2013

      Axa and Allianz beat forecasts

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

    30. 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,...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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