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Dear Mr Cameron: Please explain why bankers are now considered above the law

Andrew Bailey. Prudential Regulatory Authority

December 15th, 2012 An open letter to David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from Mrs N Turner Dear Mr Cameron, I and many other people were stunned by the quotes from Mr Andrew Bailey, the chief executive-designate of the Prudential Regulation Authority, which were reported in the Daily Telegraph […]

December 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Carney—Saviour of the United Kingdom?

Mark Carneu

November 26th, 2012 Finally, the UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has done something right. He has appointed Mark Carney, the current governor of the Bank of Canada, as the next governor of the Bank of England. Carney is due to succeed Sir Mervyn King on 1st July 2013. I guess the bookies have […]

November 26th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Illusion of unassailability leads to fresh outbreak of ‘mad banker disease’

Banksters

November 6th, 2012 By Gordon Neave Picture: The Economist During the late 1980s and early 1990s British bankers changed for the worse. Having spent most of the past three centuries as financial herbivores — solid, reliable and rational members of the community — they metamorphosed into wild, hungry carnivores. Fuelled by commissions, bonuses and greed, […]

November 6th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Have we really rebuilt the Royal Bank of Scotland?

Sir Philip Hampton and Stephen Hester, RBS

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: October 21st, 2012 Stephen Hester and Sir Philip Hampton may be in bullish mood, but is RBS as strong as they claim? By Ian Fraser (Image: The Sun) THE chairman and chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland had something of a spring in their step last week. The […]

October 21st, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

FSA plays dangerous game with relaxation of capital rules

Enrique Schroth - Cass

October 10th, 2012 Today the Financial Services Authority formally relaxed capital and liquidity rules on UK banks in the vague hope this might kickstart lending and do something to ensure the UK economy can pick itself up off the floor. The Canary Wharf-based regulator also said that it would not require banks to hold extra […]

October 10th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Prem Sikka: Without proper curbs on predatory capitalism, recovery will elude us

FSA

October 8th, 2012 Despite a banking and financial crisis of near biblical proportions in 2007-09, which saw the collapse and state-funded rescue of many of Britain’s banks, the country’s regulators have singularly failed to get to the bottom of what happened. The way in which the Financial Services Authority has sought to close the book […]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Robert Jenkins: Puncturing bankers’ myths

Too Big To Fail - JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon

September 26th, 2012 [Ian Fraser's introduction] In this speech, Robert Jenkins blows apart the self-serving myths that bankers and their lobbyists have been peddling since the financial crisis ripped apart the global financial system in 2007-. He also explains that, unfortunately ‘captured’ regulators and politicians have swallowed the myths whole. The unsurprising consequence is that post-crisis […]

September 27th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Written evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

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Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards Submission from Ian Fraser, 24 August 2012 [Update: January 12, 2013. This is my submission to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which is being chaired by Andrew Tyrie MP. Written in August 2012, it was published on the Parliamentary website [pdf 28mb] on December 19th, 2012 — it can be found on […]

September 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

It’s time the FSA learnt the lessons of Hillsborough. Eventually the truth will out

The Chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner, poses for photographers before delivering his report into the global banking crisis,  London

September 17th, 2012 (Updated 11.25am) (edited Dec 16th 2012) Studiously ignoring the roles of “establishment” figures like Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson in the demise of disastrous Edinburgh-based bank HBOS, the Financial Services Authority is seeking to heap all the ordure on the less establishment Peter Cummings. Now I am not suggesting that Cummings is […]

September 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Resolving the banking crisis will require radical surgery and quiet determination

Standard Chartered Bank - pirate bankers

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 12th, 2012 STANDARD Chartered, the London-headquartered bank that does most of its business in Asia, was – until the beginning of last week – the last good bank standing. It was one of the select band of banks to characterise themselves as a cut above the rest, having […]

August 12th, 2012 | Posted in Latest Articles | Read More »

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