Deal will see British insurer Legal & General incur a £65m loss on the disposal.
Robust trading at Standard Life and Worldpay push top flight shares near a 14-month high.
Businesses are holding their breath, anticipating possible tax increases introduced by the Chancellor.
Profits jumped by 14% to £.145bn and the company hiked dividends by a fifth.
Aegon is keen to close the deal before sweeping new capital rules known as Solvency II comes in next month.
Despite FTSE fears and Chinese slowdown there are plenty of reasons to buy UK shares today.