As we all know, our American cousins like things big - from takeaways to takeovers, they know about size. So perhaps it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to hear that an American banking giant might be sniffing around our very own Aviva.

"Preposterous," Backchat hears our readers cry. Maybe, but if Citigroup fails in its attempt to buy Abbey, don't be surprised if the insurance sector is its next stop.