Barclays shifts problem assets into offshore fund

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The UK bank has sold $12bn of structured credit assets to a fund run by two ex-Barclays bankers in a bid to protect itself from mark-to-market downside on the assets.

Barclays has restructured $12.3 billion of credit assets by converting its holdings into a loan to the buyer of the assets, a move it claims will remove mark-to-market risk and generate more stable returns for the bank.

On September 16, Barclays sold the assets – originally held by Barclays Capital – to Protium Finance, a newly est

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