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The Hartford takes US Govt TARP hand-out

The Hartford has become the first US life assurer to take public funds, according to the Financial Times.

The newspaper claims the group confirmed on Friday that it would accept £2.07bn from the Government’s troubled asset relief programme and raise up to £455m in share sales.

The struggling provider pulled out of the UK variable annuity market in May due to capital pressures.

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