It's the UK's largest insurance industry takeover in almost two decades. Aviva's $8.8 billion tie-up with Friends Life will see the combined companies develop into a market leader with 16 million insurance customers. Richard Hunter is from Hargreaves Landsdown 'There was an element of surprise when it was first announced in as much as Aviva was actually looking to folLow in the footsteps of the likes of Prudential and get something of a more diversified international portfolio.'
25 billions euros has been pumped into Greece's top four banks in recent years. They're all majority-owned by the country's bank rescue fund. Greek bank stocks have also lost almost a third of their value this year - while equities have generally staged a recovery. Why then are U.S. billionaire investor John Paulson - and reportedly several other American hedge funds - ready to invest? Richard Hunter is Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
Another criminal investigation for GlaxoSmithKline. The UK drugmaker is now being probed by Britain's fraud office over alleged bribery. Richard Hunter is from Hargreaves Landsdown.
It's a tough time for banks. But Spain's Santander looks like it might finally be turning a corner. It didn't quite meet forecasts but the euro zone's biggest bank nearly doubled annual profit thanks to shrinking costs of bad property loans. Richard Hunter is Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
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