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Loss of trust

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By Ian Fraser Published: Signet Magazine Date: July 16th, 2012 (minor edits March 28th, 2013) Scottish banking was once renowned for prudential management. Today the association is rather different. Financial journalist Ian Fraser gives his view of events behind the collapse of RBS and HBOS and calls for a Leveson-style …

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Clydesdale’s retreat

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 6 May 2012 It was supposed to be Scotland’s safe bank. What went wrong? By Ian Fraser Call it Cameron Clyne’s ‘Derby’ moment. At a council of war in that East Midlands city in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie had to concede that weak …

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John Kay on the illusory nature of bank profits

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16 April 2012 In this speech the economist and author John Kay examined how the financial sector continues to make — or claims to make — returns-on-equity which are way in excess of any reasonable estimate of cost of capital. Kay, a visiting professor at London School of Economics, examined various possible …

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‘Now that the FSA chief executive has gone — its chairman should be next’

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 18 March 2012 One of Scotland’s highest-profile investment experts, Alan Steel, has called on Financial Services Authority chairman Lord Turner to “consider his position” following Friday’s surprise resignation of the watchdog’s chief executive, Hector Sants. Sants’s departure followed a Sunday Herald exclusive in …

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If Hector Sants gets the PRA job, it’ll be the ultimate reward for failure

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By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: 15 February 2012 The Financial Services Authority’s chairman Lord Turner made a fairly staunch defense of FSA chief executive Hector Sants at a hearing of the Treasury Select Committee on January 30. But some of the MPs on the committee seemed unconvinced that Sants, who earned £807,000 as FSA chief …

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Peter Cummings’ ‘Aladdin’s Cave’

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31 January 2012 The man who destroyed the Bank of Scotland with a reckless and out-of-control corporate and real-estate lending spree is in the media again. Mortgage Strategy has an article (Living in the age of less reason) which touches on the “pig on pork” or integrated finance model favoured …