Admiral scoops the top spot once again, after outshining its rivals in six of the nine criteria. A great result after a tough year for the Cardiff-based firm, whose share price has suffered in recent months, despite first-half profits up 25% to £160.6m. Wealth manager St James’s Place is second – thanks in part to third-quarter sales up 13% to £154m and net fund inflows of £800m. RSA Insurance reported a 33% rise in operating profits in the first half of the year, despite rising claims from natural disasters across the industry. The Prudential makes a welcome return to this year’s sector top five, after slipping to seventh last year. It is rated first in sector for value as a long-term investment.
BMAC 2011 by sector: Life assurance & insurance
|Legal & General Group||7.0||4||6.7||5||6.1||5||6.3||7|
|St James’s Place Capital||7.2||2||7.6||1||6.3||3||6.6||4|