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General Electric quits US sub-prime

General Electric has left the US sub-prime mortgage market, selling subsidiary WMC Mortgage Securities. Staff numbers have fallen from 1,200 to 700 this year. US mortgage lender Alliance Bancorp has gone bankrupt after the sub-prime downturn.


‘LTC cover is the product of the future’

Dr Marius Barnard has called on the protection industry to “resurge” long-term care insurance, claiming “it is the product of the future”.At the Protection Review dinner in London last week, Dr Barnard, the architect of critical-illness cover and one of the pioneers of heart transplant surgery, said due to Britain’s aging population, long-term care will […]

BDO launch driven by foreign interest in central London property

BDO Stoy Hayward Investment Management is starting a fund focusing on highend residential property in central London.The Hyde Park fund will be unregulated and run in conjunction with the firm’s Dublin arm, Simpson Xavier. It will invest in residential properties in Westminster, the West End, Kensington and Chelsea and part of Camden.With a minimum investment […]

Swip aims Sicav at continental Europe

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership is looking to boost sales into continental European with the launch of a Luxemburg-based Sicav.Eight funds will be placed in the Sicav initially, with all being offered in euro and dollar denominations.Head of distribution Simon Wombwell says: “Offering a Sicav structure will further increase the availability of Swip’s funds throughout continental […]


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