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Osborne fires starting gun on Royal Bank of Scotland disposal

10th June, 2015 George Osborne has confirmed that the UK government will start selling off its £32bn stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland at a loss, insisting any delay would be bad for the economy, taxpayers and bank. Addressing the annual Mansion House dinner in the City of London, Osborne said: “It’s the right thing […]

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Bill Black: We’ve given bankers a licence to defraud

February 7th, 2015 As a U.S. Federal litigator, Bill Black had a pivotal role in ensuring that hundreds of the bankers behind the U.S. savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s were put behind bars. Since then, he’s become increasingly exasperated by his country’s failure to prosecute any senior bankers for the much more serious and more damaging […]

February 7th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

How City banks and brokers stitched up local authorities with LOBO loans

June 26th, 2014 By Rob Carver (guest blog) First we had PPI. Then Libor. Then the misselling of interest rate swaps to SMEs. Now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you LOBO-gate: how banks ripped off local authorities and housing associations from someone who was there. Cast your minds back to the early 2000s. Life was […]

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Is JP Morgan paying $13bn fines to cover up a greater level of criminal wrongdoing?

October 21st, 2013 Gordon Kerr, founder of Cobden Partners, has an interesting take on the $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase is due to agree with the U.S. authorities to end civil claims over its sales of deceptive mortgage bonds. Speaking to Bloomberg TV’s Guy Johnson on “The Pulse” Kerr makes some interesting points. (1) […]

October 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog | 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 »

Stephen Hester just doesn’t get it

By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: March 1st, 2013 Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester was yesterday touring the television studios trying to convince us that he is absolutely determined to make RBS into a “really good bank” once again. The fox-hunting laird of Gogarburn also told us that RBS staff will share […]

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

Michael Hudson: how finance capitalism leads to debt servitude

October 19th, 2012 This is an edited transcript of a phone interview with Michael Hudson by Dimitris Yannopoulos for Athens News. It summarizes some of the major themes of Hudson’s new book, The Bubble and Beyond: Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and Global Crisis, published in the UK in July 2012.  Q: How has the financial system evolved into […]

October 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

It’s time that errant bankers were made to grip the rails at the Old Bailey

October 18th, 2012 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies “Go where you will, in business parts, or meet who you like of businessmen, it is – and has been for the last three years – the same story and the same lament. Dishonesty, untruth, and what may, in plain English, be termed mercantile swindling within the limits of […]

October 18th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Intruders gatecrash bankers’ party to hand Barclays Libor rigging award

October 8th, 2012 On Thursday, October 4th, The Banker’s Investment Banking Awards 2012, a black-tie do in the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, were successfully gatecrashed by a group of activists known as The Intruders. They managed to join the veteran BBC newsreader Peter Sissons (what was he doing there, I wonder?) on the stage of the Sheraton Park Lane […]

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

Campaign to clean up ‘rip off’ fund managers

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: September 30th, 2012 Fund managers are ripping off their customers through a minefield of hidden charges, misleading advertising, and obfuscation over performance, according the founders of new campaign aimed at ensuring investors get a fairer deal. Alan and Gina Miller – a husband and wife team who held […]

September 30th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »