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A true rebranding … or lipstick on a pig?

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By Ian Fraser Published: Mail on Sunday (Scottish edition) Date: 17 August 2014 RBS’s decision to scrap the three-letter acronym it has used for eleven years and assert its heritage by readopting the Royal Bank of Scotland title and refurbishing branches with a “heather, tartan and tweed” theme will get …

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RBS: papering over the cracks

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By: Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 17 August 2014 The decision by RBS to dissolve its Global Restructuring Group, an arm of the bank that stands accused of destroying viable UK businesses for profit, will do little to repair the damage caused to the bank’s beleaguered reputation. By Ian …

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On the trail of Fred the Shred

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 8 June 2014 Ian Fraser’s new book, Shredded – Inside RBS: the Bank that Broke Britain, has been acclaimed as the definitive account of the crisis. Here he reflects on the 13 things he learned along the long, hard road to publication (1) …

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Thousands of staff line up to sue RBS

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 27 April 2014 A third of the 12,000 plus individuals who have signed up to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over its “misleading” £12.3 billion 2008 rights issue are current or former members of staff at the bank. RBoS Shareholders’ Action Group, …

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RBS accused of diversion over malpractice report

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 20 April 2014 Bank accused of misdirecting attention from lawyer’s true findings By Ian Fraser RBS has been accused of using diversionary tactics by Lawrence Tomlinson, an adviser to Vince Cable, after a report into accusations of malpractice by the bank. Tomlinson told …

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A legend in his own lifetime. Martin Gilbert profile

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By Ian Fraser Published: BQ Business Quarter Date: 25 March 2014 Martin Gilbert is one of the corporate world’s great survivors. Between 2002 and 2004, the 58-year-old lived through a crisis that came close to destroying his firm and ending his career. The asset management firm he co-founded through a management buyout …

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Barclays raises bosses’ payouts as staff face dole

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By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: 12 February 2014 Most bank chief executives, when describing the need to rebuild their institutions, restore profitability and regain people’s trust in the wake of the global financial crisis, have a habit of spouting meaningless platitudes. At first the Barclays chief executive Antony …

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Bank robbery?

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 1st, 2013 In a recent Business Focus, the Sunday Herald presented a rough guide to the £1 trillion of time bombs metaphorically ticking beneath the plush carpets of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters. What we didn’t predict was that two of …

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£1 trillion timebombs RBS must defuse

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 3 November 2013 It will not be broken up … but the future is far from plain sailing. By Ian Fraser Ross McEwan had a baptism of fire on Friday when he made his first set-piece announcement as chief executive of Royal Bank …