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Bumper year for insurance bonuses after bumper year for equities

Some insurers declaring special or higher-than-projected payouts, but issue caution on outlook for 2018 returns amid change in business cycle

Prudential, for instance, reports a return of 10.6 per cent in 2017, compared to 8.3 per cent in 2016 and 0.2 per cent in 2015.


STRONG equities performance in 2017 is delivering a kicker in bonuses this year for policyholders of traditional with-profits insurance plans.

For some insurers whose data is available, their life fund returns in 2017 were the highest of the past three years. Prudential,...

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