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Expert warns BoE bond swap may not appeal

An investment expert has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the government’s plan to swap mortgage-backed securities for government-guaran- teed bonds.

Steven Khan, a freelance consultant and former head of residential trading at Goldman Sachs, says the scheme, set to be launched by the Bank of England within weeks, may have unappealing terms.

Khan says: “The government has not specified the terms for the purchases and they may be unappealing because it won’t want to take on too much risk.”

But he adds the move could alleviate the pressure on banks by injecting liquidity into the market.

Khan says a research report from a leading accountancy firm recently claimed that around £25bn of specialist mortgage-backed assets is sitting on banks’ balance sheets.


GMAC-RFC will cut 280 jobs

GMAC-RFC will cut its workforce by 280. The job losses are aimed at reducing its cost base, which the lender says is essential if it is to remain competitive. Last October GMAC-RFC cut 200 jobs and made a further 66 staff redundant by closing its direct-to-consumer arm High Street Home Loans.

MfB expands team

Mortgage for Business expands staff at business-to-business operation.


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