In a surprising change of direction, New York Life Insurance Co. announced it will close two of its financial service-related subsidiaries by March if they cannot be sold.

New York Life has been trying to attract buyers for the Charlotte-based units, Aegis Technologies Inc. and PFA Financial Centers Inc., since July 1995. Aegis produces software and kiosks for consumer financial transactions. PFA markets such products for use in shopping malls and other busy areas.

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