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Martin Wheatley reveals himself to be no less ‘captured’ than his FSA predecessors

Libor Martin Wheatley

September 28th, 2012 (updated Sept 29th, 2012) In the days after the Libor scandal erupted with the Barclays settlement of June 27th, there was little doubt about it. Banks including Barclays had been systematically engaged in the rigging, and attempts to rig, the Libor interbank rates as well as other aspects of the financial markets […]

September 28th, 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 »

Martin Wheatley: Elements of UK banking culture “rotten to the core”

Martin Wheatley, FSA FCA

September 7th, 2012 The managing director of the Financial Services Authority, Martin Wheatley, has launched a stinging attack on ‘mis-selling’ of financial products by banks, building societies and other financial institutions to their retail customers, even describing the incentive schemes that underpinned the ‘misselling’ of payment protection insurance (PPI) as “rotten to the core”. In […]

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

Loss of trust

Fred Goodwin

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 inquiry. PDF version of this […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Ex-RBS chief Fred Goodwin will tell court: I did nothing wrong

ex-RBS CEO Fred Goodwin at Treasury Committee Feb 2009

By Ian Fraser Published: The Herald Date: June 26, 2012 Disgraced former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred Goodwin will tell a court that he did not dupe the bank’s shareholders when he asked them for £12 billion just months before its near-collapse, writes IAN FRASER. Mr Goodwin and other former directors are facing a £3bn […]

June 26th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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

HBOS via The We

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 »

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

HBOS via The We

Editorial note: June 22nd, 2012 A revised and updated version of this blog is now available via the following link:- The Worst Bank in the World? HBOS’s Calamitous Seven Year Life

May 13th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Rowan Bosworth-Davies | It’s time we stopped assuming bankers are gentlemen

House of Lords

April 4th, 2012 In the third in a series of guest posts, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, a financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective, examines the strange assumption that ultimately led to the failure of the FSA When I was a detective at the Metropolitan Police Company Fraud Department, in 1984, my commander sent me to the USA to […]

April 4th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Rowan Bosworth-Davies | ‘Hector Sants is exactly what’s wrong with the City and its style of regulation’

FSA revolving door

March 20th, 2012 In this guest post, financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective Rowan Bosworth-Davies, puts his finger on the fundamental flaws in the way in which the financial sector is regulated in the UK. He believes the major issue is a cultural one. If fellow bankers are in charge of the regulator […]

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

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

Mervyn King and Lord Turner outside Downing Street

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: March 18th, 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 which influential Conservative Treasury Select […]

March 20th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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