Standard Life's Performance Annuity now reaches a wider number of investors seeking an income for life



    MONTREAL, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Standard Life is pleased to announce
that Performance Annuity, one of the first market-based annuities available in
Canada, is now also being offered on a non-registered basis.
    With this new offering, Standard Life strengthens Performance Annuity's
positioning as a complete retirement solution providing an income for life.
    "Thanks to the non-registered Performance Annuity, Standard Life meets
the needs of investors who also have non-registered funds to invest," says
Michel Fortin, Actuary and Vice-President, Marketing, Retail Markets. "Whether
the monies are registered or not, Performance Annuity provides two important
benefits: the security of an income for life and the possibility for growth
from market returns. This provides the best of both worlds, especially for
baby-boomers who have participated in capital markets during their
accumulation phase."
    Performance Annuity is made up of a fixed portion that provides level
income, and a variable portion that is linked to the performance of leading
indexes. Investors can choose from one of four pre-determined profiles or
build their own custom Performance Annuity. Performance Annuity can also
evolve as clients' needs change, making this a very flexible investment
product.
    "Performance Annuity is a solid choice for retirees seeking the comfort
of knowing they won't outlive their assets," adds Mick Kelly, Vice-President,
Sales, Retail Markets.

    Our company

    Standard Life is a major investment, retirement and financial protection
company. Along with its affiliated companies in Canada, as of December 31,
2006, The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada had $36.89 billion in
assets under management and provided a wide range of financial products and
services to over 1.31 million individuals, including group insurance and
pension plan members. Total premium income and deposits reached $5.17 billion
in 2006. Standard Life has been a prominent player in the Canadian marketplace
since 1833.
    (www.standardlife.ca)

    The Standard Life group is a leading provider of financial products and
services, with approximately 7 million customers and 1.5 million shareholders
worldwide. As of December 31, 2006, its investment management business had
$301 billion in assets under management. Founded in Edinburgh (Scotland) in
1825, The Standard Life Assurance Company demutualized in 2006 and a new
public company - Standard Life plc - was born. Standard Life plc was listed on
the London Stock Exchange (LSE), under the ticker symbol or code SL., on July
10, 2006. Standard Life plc entered the FTSE 100 on September 18, 2006, after
the quarterly review of the index by the FTSE group. In March 2007, Standard
Life plc became part of the FTSE4Good Index, which is used to identify
companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards.
    (www.standardlife.com)




For further information:

For further information: Media information: Michèle Parent,
Vice-President, External Communications and Corporate Affairs, Standard Life,
(514) 499-7999, ext. 4273, Toll-free number: 1-877-499-9555, ext. 4273

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