NU Online News Service, Nov. 10, 2004, 2:19 p.m. EST

The financial services unit of BankAtlantic Bancorp, Fort Lauderdale, has agreed to distribute life insurance products from VantisLife Insurance Company, East Hartford, Conn.[@@]

VantisLife, which operates in Connecticut as The Savings Bank Life Insurance Company, has been working in recent years to expand distribution of its insurance products outside New England.

BankAtlantic has 74 branches along the east coast of Florida.