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From Humble Beginnings to Global Presence: The Fascinating History of Prudential

Prudential, officially known as Prudential plc, is a British multinational life insurance and financial services company. Its history can be traced back to its founding in London in 1848. The company was initially established as The Prudential Mutual Assurance Investment and Loan Association by Sir John Charles Day. The primary aim of the company was to provide affordable life insurance to the working class. Prudential's innovative approach, focusing on industrial life insurance policies, quickly gained popularity and helped expand its customer base. In the late 19th century, Prudential expanded its operations beyond the United Kingdom. It entered international markets, including the United States, where it established its American subsidiary, Prudential Insurance Company of America, in 1875. This move marked the beginning of Prudential's global expansion and laid the foundation for its future growth and success. Over the years, Prudential continued to evolve and adapt to chang
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REPs - Buying Resale Endowment Plans

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Tokyo Marine (TM) Protect Cancer Term Plan

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Private Hospitals in Singapore

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