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£1bn plan to double output of Scotland’s ‘Hollow Mountain’

By Ian Fraser Published: The Herald Date: 11 February 2014 Up to 1000 jobs could be created as part of a £1 billion plan to double the amount of electricity that can be produced from a hydroelectric scheme half a mile underneath a Scottish mountain. The Cruachan pumped storage facility on Ben Cruachan, east of […]

February 11th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Former top execs to give evidence against RBS in High Court trial

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 12 January 2014 The investor group suing Royal Bank of Scotland in the High Court in London has recruited five former executives to act as witnesses in its £4.3 billion group litigation order against the state-rescued institution, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The former insiders who have agreed […]

January 12th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Business Herald 2013 Review – Professional Services

By Ian Fraser Published: The Business Herald Date: 11 December 2013 Two of the biggest developments in Scottish professional services in the past year came when global firms set up large “back offices” in Glasgow, both with generous government grants. In April 2013, the accountants KPMG said it would establish “tax centre of excellence” on […]

December 11th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Bank robbery?

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 these would explode in the […]

December 1st, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

£1 trillion timebombs RBS must defuse

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 of Scotland. There were a few […]

November 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Parliamentary Review: Review of the Year in Finance

By Ian Fraser Published: The Parliamentary Review Date: September 30th, 2013 The Libor scandal It was described as the banking industry’s ‘tobacco moment’. In June last year, Barclays was fined £290 million by US and UK regulators and judicial authorities after it admitted to systematically rigging the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (Libor). Libor is the […]

September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

UK: Divorce can be costly

By Ian Fraser Published: Investment & Pensions Europe Date: September 2nd, 2013 Ian Fraser finds that Scottish independence would create a host of complications for newly created cross-border pension funds. But neither the London nor Edinburgh governments seem willing to engage with the issues Politicians and civil servants on both sides of the Scottish-English border […]

September 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Writing the wrongs of the financial crash

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 25th, 2013 FOUR decades of laissez-faire policies have left Britain as a deeply indebted and uncompetitive economy that is unable to pay its way in the world and incapable of rediscovering its economic mojo, according to a number of economists and speakers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last […]

August 25th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Scottish jobs market strengthens

By Ian Fraser Published: Total Jobs Date: 25 July 2013 Totaljobs recently reported an unprecedented rise in job opportunities in Scotland. Financial journalist and author Ian Fraser explains why. As Scotland ponders whether to remain part of the UK ahead of next year’s independence referendum, its jobs market is humming. The growth of private sector […]

July 25th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Hester got RBS back on an even keel

By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: June 13th, 2013 Stephen Hester’s five years at the helm of Royal Bank of Scotland were nothing if not tumultuous. Under his predecessor, Fred Goodwin, retail banking operations were used as a cash cow to fund overseas expansion, staff were demoralised by a regime of fear, and many […]

June 13th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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