Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pass the parcel – hey, it’s Christmas

Bradford & Bingley Sells $8.7 Billion Loan Portfolios

Bradford & Bingley Plc, the U.K.'s biggest lender to landlords, sold 4.2 billion pounds ($8.7 billion) of home and commercial property loans to improve cash flow as credit costs increase.

Posted by alan @ 07:07 PM (942 views)
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7 thoughts on “Pass the parcel – hey, it’s Christmas

  • One to watch me thinks!!

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  • The Telegraph article is quite interesting:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/11/20/nbank920.xml

    “In total £15.4 billion was deposited. Bradford & Bingley, the country’s biggest buy-to-let lender, quashed market rumours that it was running low on cash but said that it was addressing any problems by selling off £4.2 billion worth of loans to help it free up cash.”

    Will it be Para-gone or B&B that goes first – some odds please?

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  • planning4acrash says:

    At this rate all banks will be nationalised by Christmas :p

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  • I am not a so called expert but I always wondered how this house of cards (the system) stood up.I now know it is a very precarious structure indeed.It seems to me it topples every so often and is rebuilt in the same old shaky fashion but just in a different shape.

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  • I hope it wasn’t NR buying B&Bs dodgey debts.

    As the later posted article points out – this thing isn’t messy yet, and won’t get messy until mortgage defaults increase massively and feed through to the banks.

    Not long now. Not long now.

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  • the northerner living in oz says:

    It seems to me that bradford & bingley managed off load there dodgy loans to to another bank

    It is the banks that have not been able to sell there dodgy loans that wil be the ones to fail.

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  • These loans aren’t the dodgy ones – the social housing loan book is pretty much rock solid lending. Housing associations tend to be fairly well protected during property downturns. They’ve kept the dodgy stuff ie the BTL book.

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