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UK regulators pronounce on HBOS

By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Intelligencer Date: 18 November 2015 Seven years since HBOS crashed and burned, we are about to find out why, from a report to be jointly published on Thursday morning by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England). The Edinburgh-based bank, which had assets […]

November 18th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Lloyds hopes if it stonewalls long enough, customers BoS fleeced will give up or die

April 24th, 2014 Here is Nick Wallis and Laura Ansell’s first-class investigative documentary for BBC South about Lloyds Banking Group’s despicable treatment of customers who allege they were cheated and swindled out of millions of pounds by HBOS, for which I was interviewed. Lloyds, led since March 2011 by chief executive António Horta-Osório, remains firmly […]

April 24th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Gavin Masterton and the riddle of Charlotte 18

September 17th, 2013 (updated with minor edits September 24th, 2013) Charlotte Eighteen, a shadowy company based in the tax secrecy jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands, remains the subject of intense interest among Scottish football fans. Allegedly the holding company for the business assets of Gavin Masterton, the former treasurer and managing director of the […]

September 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | 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 »

Sir James Crosby, the ex HBOS boss, and the concept of mercy

December 1st, 2012 In a comment piece in Saturday’s Times, financial editor Patrick Hosking gave ten reasons why the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards must show absolutely no mercy to the former HBOS chief executive James Crosby when he appears before it at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This is no time for faux deference, taking mendacious spin at face value, letting […]

December 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Sir Ron Garrick fiddled while HBOS burned

November 26th, 2012 (updated November 27th 2012) [Note: if the video of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards’ cross-examination of Sir Charles Dunstone and Sir Ron Garrick at the foot of this blog post starts to play, you need to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to pause or mute it] It […]

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

Book review: Going for broke

By Ian Fraser Published: Scottish Review of Books Date November 17th, 2012 It was intended as a memorial to the Scots who died in the Napoleonic Wars. But it wasn’t long before the incomplete replica of the Parthenon on Calton Hill was labelled ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace’. This was because the so-called National Monument was left half-finished, with […]

November 17th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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

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 »

The Worst Bank in the World? HBOS’s Calamitous Seven Year Life

February 27th, 2010 (updated June 22nd, 2012) HBOS’s entrance on The Mound; Image: The We Lessons must be learnt from the short and calamitous history of HBOS, the bank which effectively went bust in September 2008, writes Ian Fraser (Note: This article was first posted under the headline “HBOS: When did the rot set in? […]

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Financial regulation: With Griffith-Jones’ appointment, Britain keeps it in the family

By Ian Fraser Published: Qfinance Date: June 18th, 2012 I was surprised and exasperated to learn last week that chancellor George Osborne has rubber-stamped the appointment of John Griffith-Jones, the senior partner of KPMG, as chairman-designate of the Financial Conduct Authority, one of the two financial regulators that will take over from the soon-to-be-disbanded FSA. As […]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »