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    1. December 5, 2014

      Aviva eyes Friends Provident International assets

      Aviva is considering absorbing parts of Friends Life’s Asia operations, which the takeover target planned to sell, when the...

    2. October 5, 2014

      Failed tennis pro steps on to centre court at F&C

      Life has served up its fair share of surprises for Richard Wilson. As a self-confessed “failed tour player” turned tennis...

    Special Reports

    1. Doing Business in the Isle of Man

      The island has worked hard to diversify and improve its skills base. Its efforts have ...
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    1. May 12, 2014

      Isle of Man’s financial services sector looks further afield for returns

      Financial and professional services are likely still to be the Isle of Man’s largest wealth-creators in 2020, but the...

    2. November 21, 2013

      Resolution in talks to sell Lombard

      Resolution, the life assurer, is in discussions over a possible disposal of its Lombard division. The life assurer said it...

    3. August 13, 2013

      Resolution seeks to challenge specialists

      Resolution has unveiled plans to try to win customers expected to die early from rival life assurers by offering them...

    4. July 18, 2013

      Cowdery in $600m deal for US insurer

      Clive Cowdery, who has twice set up companies called Resolution to consolidate the UK life insurance industry, embarked on a...

    5. March 26, 2013

      Resolution to pay £300m of dividends

      Resolution, the life insurer founded by the entrepreneur Clive Cowdery, has cemented its status as the highest yielding...

    6. October 12, 2012

      Green investing is still in the shade

      As National Ethical Investment Week comes to an end, those supporting the ethical investment industry are keen to highlight...

    7. August 15, 2012

      Resolution battles to console investors

      After Clive Cowdery fetched the tidy sum of about £5bn selling his first Resolution vehicle four years ago, backers of his...

    8. July 20, 2012

      Resolution cancels plan to return £250m

      Resolution has cancelled a plan to return £250m to shareholders, blaming the external environment for a decision that wiped...

    9. January 31, 2012

      Scent of scandal returns to haunt JC Flowers

      Christopher Flowers, the former Goldman Sachs banker who made his name with a $1bn profit from investing in Japan’s Shinsei...

    10. November 3, 2011

      Career path to the top from the school gates

      Evelyn Bourke embarked on a career straight from school – a route that could grow in popularity as an increasing number of...

    11. October 6, 2011

      Bramson takes over at F&C

      Alain Grisay is to step down from F&C Asset Management after six years as chief executive, handing over immediate...

    12. September 23, 2011

      Pension charges still too high, finds survey

      Millions of savers with personal pensions will retire with thousands of pounds less than they could have had, as...

    13. August 16, 2011

      Resolution managers get green light for deals

      Resolution has agreed an unusual deal to let the insurance company’s most senior managers lead acquisitions for other...

    14. July 15, 2011

      History boy is Man of moment

      George Osborne brushed up on his history ahead of opening the new riverside offices of hedge fund Man Group on Thursday. Man...

    15. June 7, 2011

      Resolution to return £500m to shareholders

      Resolution will ask investors to clear the way for a new consolidation project at a special vote this summer after the...

    16. May 17, 2011

      Financial services: Expanding range of expertise wins clients

      Having come through the global crisis in better shape than many financial centres, the Isle of Man has its sights on the...

    17. April 7, 2011

      Bankers squeeze a JJB premium

      The bankers who have managed to convince JJB Sports’ investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, to fork...

    18. March 24, 2011

      Investors eye Resolution’s £1bn cash pile

      Resolution is sitting on more than £1bn in cash, some of which could be returned to investors this year, after large chunks...

    19. March 23, 2011

      Life insurers to lose long-held tax relief

      Life insurers who still sell with-profits and unit-linked products are to lose a long-held tax relief, which the Treasury...

    20. FT Alphaville

      February 24, 2011

      Resolution told to stay on course

      Resolution, the UK investment vehicle set up by insurance entrepreneur Clive Cowdery, has acknowledged it must find fresh...

    21. February 23, 2011

      Resolution fails the Ronseal tin test

      Unlike Ronseal, Resolution has not done exactly what it said on the tin. The extent to which the life assurance...

    22. February 23, 2011

      Resolution told not to deviate from course

      Resolution will have to find fresh funding for a new venture if it wants to pursue deals beyond the UK life assurance sector...

    23. February 23, 2011

      Resolution plays down chances of fresh deals

      Resolution, a consolidator of UK life assurance businesses, has played down the likelihood of striking more deals, even...

    24. February 20, 2011

      Canny providers target workplace

      The workplace is the new battleground for UK fund managers and life companies seeking fresh business opportunities as the...

    25. February 18, 2011

      Drawdown savers face transfer costs

      Pension savers who want to take advantage of new “flexible” drawdown rules to withdraw large sums are being forced to make...

    26. February 16, 2011

      Resolution hits pause on acquisitions

      Resolution, the vehicle set up by Clive Cowdery, is unlikely to make any further acquisitions this year in its UK life...

    27. February 16, 2011

      UK life industry awaits its resolution

      Whatever you think of the performance of Resolution so far, Clive Cowdery’s life assurance consolidation vehicle has had an...

    28. February 11, 2011

      Pensions fail to justify charges

      Investors are forking out thousands of pounds in fees on their pensions, with many of the worst performing funds charging...

    29. February 11, 2011

      Friends Prov leaves off bonus details

      John Meadley could have been deprived of £42,000 in pension income had his financial adviser, Miles Hendy, not challenged a...

    30. February 11, 2011

      Friends under fire over misleading statements

      Friends Provident is facing calls to review hundreds of pension transfers after it emerged that crucial details about bonus...

    31. February 2, 2011

      F&C battle with Bramson ‘too close to call’

      As might be expected from a man with the ability to terrify company executives, Edward Bramson likes to keep a low profile....

    32. January 28, 2011

      Investors offered a fee-free exit window

      Investors in with-profits policies should take advantage of opportunities to exit their investments without penalty,...

    33. January 26, 2011

      New friend for Resolution

      Andy Briggs, Friends Life chief designate Resolution is hoping the hiring of Andy Briggs from Lloyds Banking Group’s...

    34. January 25, 2011

      Friends lures new chief from Lloyds

      Andy Briggs, the head of Lloyds Banking Group’s home and car insurance business, has been poached by Resolution to...

    35. January 15, 2011

      Popcorn and wine at ‘Inside Job’

      On the face of it, Inside Job, the documentary that takes aim at Wall Street bankers and economists who contributed to the...

    36. January 12, 2011

      Friends of Clive

      As one friend of Clive Cowdery departs his insurance vehicle Resolution, another arrives. Pat Butler, the European head of...

    37. December 16, 2010

      Sherborne in challenge to F&C chairman

      An activist investor targeting F&C has launched an audacious move to oust the company’s chairman and parachute two new...

    38. December 5, 2010

      Flowers gets cold feet over caja move

      Christopher Flowers, the US private equity investor, is backing away from completing the first foreign investment in a caja,...

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