Aug 10, 2022

Aviva: insurer strides ahead, defying inflation with better returns

Half-year results from Aviva were not an intentional riposte to baffling, Ron Burgundy-style gibes against the chief executive at May's annual meeting. Amanda Blanc is delivering improved returns to investors, including activist fund Cevian, while avoiding the worst effects of inflation. The running total for the latter this year is £4.75bn. Aviva is now promising an additional buyback. Better, perhaps, for Aviva to exhibit greater agency and exceed that threshold. The insurer is raising prices enough to compensate for inflation.

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