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A sense of apocalypse pervades the financial services sector. Deleveraging is a scourge sweeping all before it. In the US, the seemingly immovable objects that were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been unceremoniously shunted into government ownership.

Nationwide may shut centres

Nationwide is considering closing five processing centres in an effort to streamline its business. Centres in Swansea, Belfast, Southampton, Rayleigh and Sevenoaks are being assessed as part of the 30-day consultation. Nationwide has refused to comment on possible redundancies.

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