Marginally off topic, but related to my earlier post about Abbey, there is a rumour doing the rounds of the City that Abbey National may be subject to a takeover bid by Spain's Santander bank.
This morning Abbey's shares rose 5%.
Maybe here is a possible solution to those of us facing shortfalls on our endowment mortgage policies.
Hedge the expected loss, by buying shares in banks and insurance companies (the same organisations that mis-sold the endowment policies) that may be subject to takeover bids.
Note, I am speaking with my tongue "firmly in my cheek". This would be a high risk strategy, which would quite likely lose even more money than the shortfalls predicted on the endowment policies.
Remember, when making an money related decision, always take the advice of a suitably qualified independent financial expert and lawyer.