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Mondo Visione  Jul 19  Comment 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has fined Prudential Annuities Distributors, Inc. $950,000 for failing to detect and prevent a scheme that resulted in the theft of approximately $1.3 million from an...
The Economic Times  Jul 18  Comment 
In a regulatory filing today, ICICI Bank said ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the market regulator Sebi.
The Hindu Business Line  Jul 17  Comment 
The fund has deftly managed interest rate fluctuations and capped losses as well
Mondo Visione  Jul 15  Comment 
15 July 2016 The Treasury Committee hear from Sam Woods on his appointment as Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive of the PRA.   Watch Parliament TV: Appointment of Deputy Governor for Prudential...
Mondo Visione  Jul 15  Comment 
The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a data collection aimed at supporting the response to the European Commission's Call for Advice on a new prudential framework for MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) investment...
The Economic Times  Jul 5  Comment 
For India’s biggest fund manager, S. Naren, there are better ways to gauge economic growth than the nation’s much-reviled official estimate of gross domestic product.
The Hindu Business Line  Jul 3  Comment 
Equities will continue to be best compounding vehicle for investors relative to inflation
Clusterstock  Jun 28  Comment 
By Simon Jessop LONDON (Reuters) - British asset manager M&G Investments, the fund arm of insurer Prudential , is looking at expanding its operations in Dublin in the wake of a British vote to leave the European Union. Under current rules,...
Yahoo  Jun 21  Comment 
Gregory Peters, a senior investment officer at Prudential Fixed Income with more than $621 billion of assets, said on Tuesday he thinks U.S. stocks and bonds are a "great" buying opportunity if Britain votes to exit the European Union. "I think it...
Financial Times  Jun 13  Comment 
UK insurer invests in fund looking to consolidate the highly fragmented Italian solar sector




 
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Prudential plc (LON: PRU) is a UK-based financial services company with operations in the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. It operates in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries, primarily The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (PAC), Prudential Annuities Limited (PAL), Prudential Retirement Income Limited (PRIL) and M&G Investment Management Limited.[1] In the United States, Prudential’s main subsidiary is Jackson National Life Insurance Company.[1] The company also has operations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other Asian countries.[1]

Prudential has two segments: insurance operations and asset management operations. Prudential offers a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities, as well as collective investment schemes.[1]

Business Growth

Prudential's new business profit was up 25% to £2.0 billion from £1.6 billion in 2009.[2] IFRS operating profit based on long-term investment returns increased 24% to £1.9 billion from £1.6 billion in 2009.[2]

Sales of Asian life insurance in 2010 were up 23% to £3.5 billion and margins increased to 58% from 57% in 2009.[2] Performance in Asia was driven by Indonesia (up 49%), Malaysia (up 40%), Hong Kong (up 19%) and Singapore (up 37%).[2]

In the U.S., sales of life insurance totaled £1.2 billion compared to £912 million in 2009, with profits rising 15% to £761 million.[2] Prudential took advantage of the extreme dislocation prevalent in the corporate bond market. Jackson has capitalized on the weakened competitive environment in the U.S. life insurance market and has emerged as one of the top three players in the variable annuity market in terms of sales and number two in terms of net flows.

In the UK, Prudential delivered total retail and bulk annuity sales of £820 million compared to £723 million in 2009 and new business profit of £365 million compared to £230 million in 2009.[2]

Trends and Forces

Growing demand for insurance and financial services in emerging Asian countries benefits Prudential

In recent years, Asia has been Prudential's main source of financial growth. The emerging markets of South-East Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore are particularly attractive. Distribution remains critical to Prudential's business in Asia, with its unique combination of proprietary agency distribution and bank partnerships continuing to deliver excellent results. Prudential is poised to take advantage of the growing wealth of the Asian middle class.[2]

The retirement of the Baby boomer generation represents a growth opportunity for Prudential's U.S. operations

In the United States, 78 million "baby boomers" are set to retire. Prudential is poised to benefit by offering retirement products, such as annuities, to these retirees.[2]

In the U.S., Prudential has maintained its focus on value over sales volume growth, ensuring sales are delivered at highly profitable margin levels. Additionally, the flight to quality during the 2008 Financial Crisis has allowed Prudential's U.S. business to increase sales volumes and market share. Prudential plans to increase its number of licensed agents in the U.S. and registered representatives to more than 130,000.[2]

Competition

Prudential, which competes primarily in the U.S., UK, and Asian markets, competes with large insurance and financial services companies from across the world such as MetLife (MET) and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Google Finance: LON: PRU
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Prudential plc Annual Report 2010
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