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AEGON Taps Two Morningstar Units for Research, Asset Allocation, Investment Selection, and Portfolio Management

CHICAGO, May 02, 2002 – Morningstar, Inc., a global investment research firm, today announced that AEGON, one of the world's largest insurance companies, has selected two investment subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc., to help construct products for distribution through AEGON's vast network of broker-dealers and financial advisors. 

Morningstar Associates, LLC, is providing investment research, fund manager selection, asset allocation, consultation, and ongoing monitoring for the four new Asset Allocation portfolios offered through IDEX Mutual Funds and the variable annuity and variable universal life products available from Western Reserve Life Assurance Co. of Ohio and Transamerica Life Insurance Company. 

Additionally, Morningstar Investment Services, Inc. is providing the Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM program to more than 1,100 investment advisor representatives of InterSecurities, Inc., AEGON's broker-dealer firm. Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM, a fee-based discretionary investment management service developed exclusively for financial advisors, provides disciplined portfolio management, extensive online back-office capabilities, relationship-building communications tools, and support services.

"Morningstar's strategy to branch out into the investment services business has been well received by the market," said Joe Mansueto, chairman and CEO of Morningstar, Inc. "We are delighted that AEGON, one of the leading insurance firms in the world, has recognized the value of our investment expertise by selecting Morningstar to help construct products for its financial advisors and broker-dealers."

William Davis, vice president of Western Reserve Life, said, "More than ever before, investors are looking for well-constructed, diversified portfolios and they are looking for long-term investment planning solutions. We turned to Morningstar because of its stellar reputation, investment expertise and its ability to provide services that meet the needs of all types of investors." 

About Morningstar Associates and Morningstar Investment Services
Both Morningstar Associates, LLC, and Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., are registered investment advisors and wholly owned subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc., a global investment research firm. The financial data and methodology used in Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM, as well as the fund manager selection and asset allocation, are proprietary to Morningstar, Inc., Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., and/or Morningstar Associates, LLC. Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM and the work provided by Morningstar Associates are intended for citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories. The Morningstar® Managed PortfoliosSM program can only be offered by registered investment advisors or investment advisor representatives. For more information about Morningstar Managed Portfolios, visit www.mp.morningstar.com.

About IDEX Mutual Funds* 
IDEX Mutual Funds is a multi-manager fund company whose funds are distributed by AFSG Securities Corporation with its wholesaling broker-dealer Transamerica Capital, Inc. headquartered in Denver, Colo. Additional information on IDEX Mutual Funds is available at www.idexfunds.com

About Western Reserve Life (WRL)* 
For over 40 years, WRL has been helping Americans achieve their dreams of financial security. That tradition continues today with the Freedom family of variable annuity and variable life insurance products. Founded in 1957, WRL offers life insurance and annuities to individual and business customers through a network of more than 20,000 independent registered representatives and financial advisors. Additional information on WRL is available at www.westernreserve.com.

About Transamerica Life Insurance Company (Transamerica)*
Transamerica has a long history of pioneering new ways to help build and protect wealth for individuals, families and businesses. Beginning in 1928, Transamerica Corporation has been serving policyholders for over 72 years. Additional information on Transamerica and Transamerica variable annuities is available by calling 800-851-7555. 

About InterSecurities, Inc. (ISI)*
ISI is a full-service investment firm with more than 2,400 registered representatives nationwide. Its financial professionals own and operate their own businesses and can help people meet their investment objectives through a complete array of financial products, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, variable annuities, and insurance products. InterSecurities is a member firm of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation. ISI is also a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. 

* IDEX, WRL, Transamerica Life Insurance Company, and ISI are all members of the AEGON Group, one of the world's leading life insurance and financial services organizations.

Mutual funds and variable products are offered by prospectus only. For more complete information, including charges and expenses, ask your financial advisor for a prospectus. Read it carefully before investing.

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