AMSTERDAM Nov 8 Dutch insurer Aegon
said on Thursday its net profit rose to 374 million euros ($477
million)in the third quarter, beating market expectations, due
in part to lower impairment charges.
"Although there are signs of gradually improving market
conditions, there remains considerable uncertainty in the
general economic environment," said Chief Executive Alex
Wynaendts in a statement.
"Consequently, we believe it is prudent and necessary to
maintain a sufficient financial buffer while at the same time
adhering to our strict risk and pricing discipline."
($1 = 0.7840 euros)
(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by David Holmes)