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Investors wishing to sue RBS over rights issue have until 15 May 2014

Fred Goodwin, Archie Hunter & Tom McKillop. Photo: Evening Standard

April 2nd, 2014 Investors wishing to join the class action lawsuits against the Royal Bank of Scotland over its “misleading” April 2008 rights issue have until Thursday, 15 May 2014 to decide whether to proceed. The cut-off point was laid down by the judge in the case, Mr Justice Hildyard as part of a group […]

April 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Writing the wrongs of the financial crash

Robert Peston at the EIBF
Photo: EIBF / Pascal Saez

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 »

Book review: Going for broke

The National Monument, Calton Hill; photo by Jim Downie

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’

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 »

12-year-old Victoria Grant: “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world”

Victoria Grant

October 21st, 2012 Twelve-year-old Victoria Grant explains why her homeland, Canada, and most of the rest of the world, have become enslaved by debt. She gave this remarkable six-minute speech on April 27th, 2012, at the Public Banking in America Conference, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Here’s what SmartKnowledgeEU had to say about Victoria Grant […]

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

Guest post: The parable of the bailouts

Balloon Horse

October 18th, 2012 By Tom Nicol ‘Then the flying machines started falling from the sky.’ Once upon a time in the Westerlands, people became aware of a developing phenomenon: flying machines were falling from the sky with a great deal more regularity than was previously the case. Understandably, the people became uneasy and started to […]

October 18th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 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 »

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 »

Dear David Cameron: Entrusting economic policy to ex-investment bankers is no solution

Paul Deighton

September 7th, 2012 When David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet earlier this week, the arrival of a trio City of London bankers and consultants at Her Majesty’s Treasury went almost unnoticed. This in my view was a lacuna. The three men are Paul Deighton, a former Goldman Sachs partner and chief operating officer for Europe (pictured above), Sajid […]

September 7th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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