On Monday insurer Prudential reports first-half figures. This follows on from a busy time last week for the sector, when Thursday saw Standard Life, Schroders and Aviva report numbers. There were mixed fortunes for these three, with Aviva doing well chiefly because investors have come to be quite nervous about this company and its long turnaround programme. The shares pushed higher, helping to recover ground lost after it cut the dividend earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, Standard Life and Schroders came off worse on the day, but given the strong run, especially of the latter, this was to be expected. Prudential has also enjoyed a good year, up 36% year-to-date.