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Standard Life not to set aside profits for with-profits fund

Insurance company Standard Life has rejected a shareholder's suggestion to set aside GBP100 million of its profits every year for its with-profits fund, Business.Scotsman.com has reported.

The suggestion was made by a shareholder, Alastair McClelland, at the company’s annual general meeting.

Gerry Grimstone, chairman of Standard Life, said that the profits belonged to a new group of investors and the problems with the with-profits policies came from the company’s mutual past.

Business.Scotsman.com quoted Mr Grimstone as saying: This was new money coming into the company. Not a penny of that was old money. They (investors) expect a return on that money. That’s the money we are using to build the company.

Sandy Crombie, CEO of Standard Life, said that the 10-year fund for with-profits mortgages and pensions was separate from shareholders’ funds.