Prudential plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides retail financial products and services, and asset management services to individuals and businesses in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It offers life insurance, health and protection products, and mutual funds, as well as selected personal lines property and casualty insurance, group insurance, institutional fund management, and consumer finance. The company has distribution relationships with approximately 75 institutions in Asia; and distributes its insurance products primarily through an agency sales force together with selected banks, and mutual funds through banks and brokers. It also offers fixed annuities, variable annuities, life insurance, managed accounts, and investment products, as well as institutional products, including guaranteed investment contracts, medium term note funding agreements, and funding agreements through independent insurance agents; independent broker-dealers; regional broker-dealers; wirehouses; registered investment advisers; a small captive agency channel, consisting of approximately 100 life insurance agents; and banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. In addition, it provides retail financial products and services, including long-term insurance, asset accumulation and retirement income products, retail investment and unit trust products, and fund management services through financial advisers, partnership agreements with banks and other financial institutions, and direct marketing. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.