Allfunds Bank, a joint venture between Sanpaolo IMI and Abbey's parent Grupo Santander, will launch its third-party distribution platform in the UK. The venture accounts for about half of the third-party fund distribution market in Spain, but the company is unlikely to enjoy the same strong performance in the UK.
Recently, large hedge funds including Paulson & Co. have shown interest in the struggling Spanish savings banks. However, Moody's has lowered its credit and deposit rating for 30 Spanish banks and downgraded the country's credit rating from Aa1 to Aa2 status. As the savings banks scramble to secure foreign investment, increased pressure is being put on already heavily burdened government funds.
The passage of legislation in the US to raise the debt ceiling will be welcomed by investors worldwide, but US Treasuries are not out of the woods yet and Europe's debt faces further downgrades. This is bad news for the eurozone's high net worth investors, who hold 13% of their wealth in these supposedly "safe-as-houses" investments.
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