AIG Sells Insurance Premium Finance Unit

AIG closes the sale of its life insurance premium finance business, raking in nearly $680 million.
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American International Group

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-- in a continuation of what can only be called the greatest tag-sale in history -- closed the sale of its life insurance premium finance business, raking in $679.5 million in cash in the process.

First Insurance Funding, subsidiary of

Wintrust Financial

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, purchased the majority of AIG Credit and A.I. Credit Consumer Discount.

If certain conditions are met, First Insurance will also purchase some more life-insurance premium finance assets for $61.2 million.

The property-casualty premium finance business of A.I. Credit was not included in the deal.

The $675.9 million will go towards AIG's repayment of its $85 billion loan from the government. The company has been attempting to sell off asset after asset to come to terms with the bailout.

On Monday, the flailing insurer said it is moving closer to the initial public offering of AIU with the

renaming of its property-casualty business

to Chartis, a move used to distance AIU from its troubled parent.

--Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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