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10 Oct 2008

Aviva Announces Increased Hedges

UK asset management group and hedge fund investor Aviva plc ("Aviva") is holding an investor and analyst briefing to announce the strengthening of its protection against further falls in global equity markets through increased hedges.

Such that even in the event of a further 40% fall in equity markets, its surplus regulatory capital would only be reduced by £0.7 billion ($1.1 billion). This is a significant improvement when contrasted with the position as at 30 June 2008 when a 40% fall in equity markets would have reduced the surplus regulatory capital by £1.3 billion ($2.2 billion).

"We are focused on accelerating transformational change to deliver a unified and more profitable company," Andrew Moss, CEO, commented, "This is clearly demonstrated both by the creation of Aviva Investors and the reshaping of our UK General Insurance business to focus on insurance excellence and deliver the promise of scale."

Moss also said, "We are pleased to confirm that in the face of the recent market turmoil, Aviva's capital position remains strong. Our active capital management ensures the group remains robust in the face of the current economic adversity, providing security for our customers and investors alike, and ensuring that the group is well positioned as confidence returns."

Moss will take the opportunity to provide an update on Aviva's continuing strong position in the current economic environment with Aviva's surplus regulatory capital estimated to be £1.9 billion ($3.2 billion) at 30 September 2008, compared to £1.8 billion ($3 billion) at 30 June 2008.

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