Welcome to ianfraser.org, the website of author, journalist and broadcaster Ian Fraser. My work has been published by among others The Economist, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Herald, Sunday Herald, Thomson Reuters, Huffington Post, economia and QFINANCE.
My book, Shredded: Inside RBS, The Bank that Broke Britain, published on 5 June 2014, explores the catalogue of errors that led to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland, against the backdrop of the “great moderation” and global financial crisis. The bank—which in its pomp was the world’s largest company, with “assets” of $3 trillion—in October 2008 became the world’s most expensive bank to bail out. Shredded differs from earlier accounts of the RBS catastrophe in that it also analyses the UK’s post-crisis failure to adequately reform the bank and how this leaves both the bank and the wider UK economy vulnerable to further collapses.
Other recent projects have included researching and helping to produce documentary programs for the BBC. These have included RBS: Inside The Bank That Ran Out of Money (full one hour documentary available to view below), shown on BBC1 and BBC2 in autumn 2011 and shortlisted for a BAFTA award, and eight other television and radio documentaries on the fallout of the global financial crisis. My written evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards is available on the UK Parliament’s website.
I am consulting editor and a blogger on Bloomsbury Publishing PLC’s QFinance project and am currently helping to put together the fifth edition of QFinance to be published in August 2014. Until 2011, I was an associate lecturer in financial journalism at the University of Stirling.
I’m available for freelance assignments including research, writing, commissioning and editing. Sectors covered include banking, financial markets, investment management, economics, globalization, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy and renewables. Strengths include excellent contacts in business and finance and the ability to make complex subjects accessible to a general audience.
Journalism, blogging, broadcasting and book-writing are my main focus, but I can also provide services including web content creation, ghost-writing and media training.
In recent years, I have been interviewed about the banking and economic crisis and Scottish independence by BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News, BBC World Service, BBC World News TV, BBC Newsnight Scotland, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, Radio New Zealand, Talk Nation Radio (US), The Keiser Report, ITN, STV News and other broadcasters.
Both this website and Qfinance are ranked among the top finance blogs by media intelligence firm Cision. In January 2012, I was named the UK’s fourth most influential finance tweeter, after the Financial Times, by LondonlovesBusiness and Peer Index and 14th in economia’s December 2012 Twitter Finance 50.
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