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Britain’s corporate failures invite a governance revolution

November 18th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The bigwigs of the City of London, corporate governance ‘gurus’ in asset-management firms and leading figures from FTSE-100 companies have a penchant for patting themselves on the back over the brilliance of the corporate governance framework they have erected over the past two decades. The UK Corporate Governance Code (formerly the Combined Code of […]

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

Prem Sikka: Without proper curbs on predatory capitalism, recovery will elude us

October 8th, 2012 Despite a banking and financial crisis of near biblical proportions in 2007-09, which saw the collapse and state-funded rescue of many of Britain’s banks, the country’s regulators have singularly failed to get to the bottom of what happened. The way in which the Financial Services Authority has sought to close the book […]

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

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

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. The three men are Paul Deighton, a former Goldman Sachs partner and chief operating officer for Europe (pictured above), Sajid Javid, a former global head of credit […]

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

Resolving the banking crisis will require radical surgery and quiet determination

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 12th, 2012 STANDARD Chartered, the London-headquartered bank that does most of its business in Asia, was – until the beginning of last week – the last good bank standing. It was one of the select band of banks to characterise themselves as a cut above the rest, having […]

August 12th, 2012 | Posted in Latest Articles | Read More »

Let’s emancipate ourselves from financial slavery

August 7th, 2012 By Paul Moore Ian Fraser’s introduction: Paul Moore, the ‘HBOS whistleblower’, has launched a new organisation, the New Wilberforce Alliance, which aims to free the world from the modern-day slavery caused by the financialisation of our culture that took root in the 1980s. Here, Moore explains how the recent revelations of rampant […]

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

Britain ignores this epidemic of financial crime at its peril

August 1st, 2012 (minor revisions September 4th 2012) by Rowan Bosworth-Davies The most prestigious names in the British banking and finance routinely engage in criminal activities on a scale that would make any Mafia family proud. Whether it’s by facilitating international money-laundering; manipulating markets through Libor rigging; institutionalised insider dealing; misappropriating money from clients’ pension savings […]

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

RBS accused of withdrawing job offer to Mexico drug deals whistleblower

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: July 22nd, 2012 The Royal Bank of Scotland has reneged a job offer to a leading anti-money-laundering expert who it appointed to help improve anti-money-laundering systems and controls on discovering he had blown the whistle on drugs money-laundering by a former employer. In an employment tribunal to be […]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Matt Taibbi: “I cannot imagine how a sane person could describe Libor rigging as a victimless crime”

July 20th, 2012 I entirely agree with Matt Taibbi here. Rush transcript from Democracy Now below:- JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We end today’s show with Matt Taibbi. He’s a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. His most recent in-depth piece is “The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia: How America’s Biggest Banks Took Part in a […]

July 20th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Senate tells HSBC: Shape up or get out of the United States

July 18th, 2012 Senator Carl Levin has given an ultimatum to HSBC, after a lax approach to money-laundering for drugs cartels and terrorist groups saw the banking giant fail to review thousands of suspicious transactions or properly to vet clients over the past decade. Levin, famous for berating Goldman Sachs’ executives over their “shitty deals“, […]

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

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s world of pain

By Ian Fraser Published: July 15th, 2012 Published: Sunday Herald In his glory days Fred Goodwin aspired to make Royal Bank of Scotland a global bank on which the sun never set. Corporate videos extolling the group’s global reach were routinely played at investor meetings. His legacy is a world of trouble, with the bank […]

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »