For debt investors

We’re committed to our debt investors, so we work hard to:

  • Consider your needs
  • Make our communications clear and concise
  • Respond quickly and thoroughly
  • Price fairly, for debt investors and for Standard Life Aberdeen.

Credit ratings

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

  • Issuer Credit Rating A / Stable from Standard & Poor’s
  • Issuer Rating Baa1 / Under Review for Upgrade from Moody’s.

Standard Life Assurance Limited

  • Financial Strength Rating A+ / Stable from Standard & Poor’s
  • Insurance Financial Strength Rating A1 / Stable from Moody’s.

Aberdeen Asset Management plc

  • Issuer Default Rating A / Stable from Fitch.

For more information, visit the Standard & Poor’s , Moody’s and Fitch websites.

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Standard Life Aberdeen accepts no responsibility for the information contained in any of the reports. The information is provided for general information purposes only and not endorsed or promoted by Standard Life Aberdeen in any way.

Residential mortgage loans

From 1 January 2010, all Standard Life Bank mortgage balances are held within the Barclays Group.

Subordinated capital instruments

Subordinated capital instruments

We benefit from a strong capital position, and our subordinated debt is an important component of this. Our capital management strategy is to maximise shareholder value by optimising the level and mix of capital resources.

Issuance of subordinated capital instruments is a common capital-raising practice. Standard Life Aberdeen plc and its subsidiaries have in issue the instruments shown below:



Instrument rating


Issue Date



Standard Life  plc

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

A3 / A- / -





Standard Life  plc

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Baa1 / A- / -





Standard Life plc


Baa2/BBB / -





Aberdeen Asset Management plc


- / - / BBB





As the instruments are subordinated, the rights and claims of our policyholders will come before those of the institutions investing in them.

Subordinated instruments documentation

Issuer / Bond

Launch Date


Historical Prospectus

Standard Life plc July 2002 £500m Offering Circular for Standard Life plc (GBP) – Jul-02 – (335KB)
Standard Life plc November 2004 £300m Offering Circular for Standard Life plc (GBP) – Nov-04 – (431KB)
Standard Life plc December 2012 £500m

Drawdown Prospectus – (410KB)

Final Terms – (86KB)

Aberdeen Asset Management plc March 2013 $500m

Prospectus for Aberdeen Asset Management plc 7% Perpetual Cumulative Capital Notes – (328KB)