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Phoenix files amendement three for Virtus spin-off

Phoenix Files Amendment No. 3 to Form 10 Registration Statement Relating to Proposed Spin-off of Virtus Investment Partners


Hartford, CT, December 15, 2008 - The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PNX) announced that today it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Amendment No. 3 to the Form 10 Registration Statement relating to the proposed spin-off of its subsidiary, Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., into an independent publicly traded asset management firm. The amendment includes responses to SEC comments to the Form 10 Registration Statement's Amendment No. 2 filing on November 14, 2008 and provides more detail on the distribution of Virtus common stock to Phoenix shareholders.

Phoenix previously announced that its board of directors approved the spin-off on December 12, 2008. The spin-off will occur through a pro rata dividend of Virtus common stock to Phoenix's shareholders.

About The Phoenix Companies, Inc.

With roots dating to 1851, The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) helps its customers find straightforward solutions to often highly complex personal financial and business planning needs through life insurance and annuities. Phoenix's products are available through a wide variety of third-party financial professionals and intermediaries, supported by the company's wholesalers and financial planning specialists. In 2007, Phoenix had annual revenues of $2.6 billion and total assets of $30.2 billion. For more information, visit www.phoenixwm.com.

About Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Virtus Investment Partners provides investment management products and services to individuals and institutions. It operates a multi-manager asset management business, comprising a number of individual affiliated managers, each with a distinct investment style, autonomous investment process and individual brand. Investors have an array of needs and Virtus Investment Partners offers a variety of investment styles and multiple disciplines to meet those needs. For more information, visit www.virtus.com.


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