The struggling bank may see as much as 10 billion pounds of cash from the government to ramp up mortgage lending. The Treasury has yet to make a final decision, which may also see the bank hiring new staff. Spokesmen for the Treasury and Northern Rock, which is due to unveil a new business plan in the next few weeks, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Northern Rock the first British casualty of the credit crunch, revealed that it had been forced to seek emergency support from the Bank of England in September 2007. The bank has been nationalized since early 2008 after attempts to find a private sector buyer fell through. Northern Rock has been shrinking its mortgage book and focusing on repaying a government loan since its nationalisation.
5 billion pounds of new equity would allow Northern Rock to write about 50 billion pounds of new lending, providing the capital is not eroded by bad debts. Could this be what the UK housing market is waiting for?
If Northern Rock offer sensible loans at resonable interest rates it could just be what the UK public needs.
Northern Rock Plc, the U.K.’s worst performing bank stock, will receive emergency funds from the Bank of England. this is to ease a credit shortage sparked by U.S. subprime mortgage defaults.
since the funding has been agreed its customers have been rushing to branches to withdraw money in a panic. they fear the worst for the bank and have withdrawn at least 2 billion pounds, about 8 percent of its retail deposits. the branches are too busy to serve most of the queuing customers, the website has also experienced problems as people rush to withdraw money.
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rising credit costs due to the US credit crunch left Northern Rock unable to make new loans, sparking the first rescue of a U.K. lender by the central bank in 34 years. The bailout stoked concern among investors and depositors that other financial firms relying on short-term money market credit rather than deposits from customers may be vulnerable because the rate they borrow at exceeds the amount they earn from lending.
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i think people are overly worried when they shouldn’t be. the bank of england would not lend money if they felt the northern rock would collapse. they must be sure that the funds they lend will be sufficient and WILL enable the bank to get back onto its feet.
the first Â£35,000 of savings you have with any bank are protected by the official Financial Services Compensation Scheme. so if you are overly worried and you have more than Â£35’000 of savings with northern rock, then take out the excess. i’m not sure if the thosuands of people withdrawing money are aware of this. unless they ALL have over Â£35’000 in their northern rock accounts!