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Another story carried by many of the nationals at the weekend was news that Equitable Life has raised its exit penalty on policyholders who wish to withdraw their funds from 10% to 15%.
Equitable - which is trying to maintain its £26bn with-profits fund - says the latest increase is because of an 8.9% fall in the FTSE 100 since December.
The Times, meanwhile reports this morning that Aberdeen Asset Management is likely to be the next victim of a takeover.
Speculation suggests, according to the Times, the company is being pursued by New Star Asset Management run by John Duffield, former chairman of Jupiter Asset Management, however, chief executive of Aberdeen, Martin Gilbert, says the company "has not been approached by anyone".
Aberdeen is widely believed to be vulnerable to a takeover, and speculation about potential bidders is growing.
Sunday Business reported yesterday that the Royal Bank of Scotland is contemplating a friendly merger approach with Allied Irish Banks that would create a group worth around £46bn.
But the report insists an approach by Royal Bank of Scotland is dependent on its assessment of the strategy of AIB's new chief executive, Michael Buckley.
Over the weekend the FT picked up on comments by financial advisers who are saying that despite new consumer protection rules due later this year, consumers sold insurance will still face gaping holes in regulation.
Robert Reid, director of financial advisors at Syndaxi Financial Planning said: "If consumers are mis-sold, they will not have a regulator or compensation scheme to back them up."
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