Ian Fraser is an award-winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster who writes about business, finance, politics and economics. His work has been published by among others The Economist, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, BBC News, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, the Herald, Sunday Herald, Accountancy, CA Magazine and Citywire.
His recently completed book, Shredded: The Rise and Fall of the Royal Bank of Scotland, explores how and why RBS, the world’s largest company at the time of its collapse (it had assets” of $3 trillion in 2007-08), became the world’s most expensive bank to bail out. The book — based on interviews with more than 120 current and former RBS insiders, external advisers to the bank, politicians, and others — is published by Birlinn on 6 June 2014.
Since 2008 he has been consulting editor of Bloomsbury Publishing’s Qfinance, a role that involves commissioning ‘think pieces’ from leading global experts on economics and finance. He also writes a regular blog on global finance and economics for Qfinance. Two of Ian’s top-rated blogs for QFINANCE address whether we can trust investors to supervise quoted companies and whether accountancy has forfeited its right to call itself a profession.
Since March 2009 he has worked on programmes about the global financial crisis and its aftermath for the BBC. These have included RBS: Inside The Bank that Ran Out of Money, (an in-depth one-hour documentary about the October 2008 collapse of RBS, which was shortlisted for Bafta award), five Radio 4 ‘File on 4′ documentaries (including Badly Behaving Bankers), Trust Me I’m A Banker for BBC Scotland Investigates and Carry on Banking for BBC 1 Panorama.
He served as a judge on the Scottish Legal Awards from 2008 to 2013, and was an external member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Future of Assurance working group in 2010-11. In 2009-10, Ian was visiting lecturer at the department of film, media and journalism at the University of Stirling, where he taught on the UK’s first MSc in financial journalism, a course he helped to launch.
From March to September 2009 he was business editor, Scotland, of The Sunday Times.
After 12 years working in London and Paris, Ian returned to Scotland to help launch the Sunday Herald in February 1999. Appointed by founding editor Andrew Jaspan, he was financial editor until March 2006, when he left to go freelance and broaden his career. Stand out articles from the Sunday Herald include World Bank rebel wages war on Wall Street (July 7th, 2002) and After the fall (October 5th, 2008). A key article Ian wrote for the Financial Times was Why a crash is on the cards (November 27th, 2006)
During the 1990s, Fraser had senior editorial roles at Director and EuroBusiness magazines and edited internal magazines for Unilever. In the early to mid-1990s, he worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer, based in London and Central & Eastern Europe, contributing to titles including Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The European, The Scotsman and GQ.
In addition to mainstream journalism, Ian occasionally writes — or ghost-writes — articles for corporates including Baillie Gifford, Centrica Energy, Deutsche Bank and Standard Life. He also occasionally provides media-training services to financial institutions and professional services firms. He always declares such assignments to commissioning editors.
Ian speaks fluent French and graduated M.A. (honours) in English from the University of St Andrews. He is member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, the world’s oldest professional body for journalists. Ian has won and been shortlisted for a number of UK journalism awards.
A profile of Ian Fraser, written by Mital Patel, was published on the Cision Blog in October 2011.