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B&B may seek trade buyer

Bradford & Bingley may seek a trade buyer rather than get a London listing in the light of falling valuations for mortgage and savings banks.

Their proposed pricing at around ten times historic earnings has dampened down institutional interest in the share offer.

Only mortgage and savings banks with aggressive e-banking strategies such as Halifax and Woolwich have market ratings that exceed ten times earnings.

Abbey National and Northern Rock are likely to be interested if B&B does opt for a trade sale.


Axa Sun Life bonus figures down

AXA Sun Life has issued its profits-related bonus figures for 2000 showing a reduction from 1999.The low-cost homebuyers plan and the investment bonds qualify for a 5.5 per cent bonus, and personal pensions get 6.25 per cent, down from 6.25 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.The rates apply to policies investing in the AXA […]

IFAP TV campaign aims to get phones ringing

IFA Promotion is embarking on an TV advertising campaign to generate leads for IFAs.IFAP hopes a series of commercials on digital and terrestrial channels will get IFAs&#39 phones ringing.The series of four advertisements will run throughout the month on digital channel ITV2 and regional ITV network channel Meridian.The direct response campaign is being run on […]

Consumers save time with mortgage brokers

Consumers go to mortgage brokers to save themselves time or for unbiased advice with a much smaller number rating affordability, according to a survey by The Mortgage Business. The convenience and the ability to get someone else to shop around for them was rated by 70 per cent, with 41 per cent appreciating the ability […]

Eurolife launches a capital offshore bond

Eurolife Assurance(International) has launched a capital secure offshore bond, open for investment in sterling or US dollars.The bond is linked to the NADAQ 100 Index and provides a 100 per cent capital return with growth ability of up to 60 per cent.The bond is aimed at non-taxpayers of the UK, overseas residents, offshore companies and […]

Artemis Global Income: Making sense of global markets

The rally in cyclical ‘value’ stocks paused for breath in February, as investors took a more cautious tone and switched their attention back to defensive areas. In this article, Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of the Artemis Global Income Fund, explains how he has positioned the portfolio, given the many economic, geopolitical and policy risks that […]


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