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Just how corrupt is the UK?

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By Ian Fraser 13 May 2016 How corrupt is Britain? Over the past few days quite a few people have been insisting Britain isn’t corrupt. They claim to see nothing wrong with Cameron describing countries such as Afghanistan and Nigeria, whose leaders were in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit in Lancaster House this week, …

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Libor scapegoat found guilty, sentenced to 14 years

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3rd August, 2015 Cross-posted from Zerohedge (updated) Tom Hayes, the former UBS and Citigroup trader standing trial for his role in the manipulation of Libor, was today found guilty on eight counts of conspiracy to rig the benchmark in a London court, and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The …

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Swaps film: how banks ran rings around SMEs

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June 25th, 2014 This short film uses extracts from a telephone call between a bank salesman and one of its business customers to illustrate how a bank, thought to be the Royal Bank of Scotland, essentially conned a business into purchasing an interest-rate hedging product that would be seriously damaging to its health. The other two voices …

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£1 trillion timebombs RBS must defuse

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 3 November 2013 It will not be broken up … but the future is far from plain sailing. By Ian Fraser Ross McEwan had a baptism of fire on Friday when he made his first set-piece announcement as chief executive of Royal Bank …

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The Parliamentary Review: Review of the Year in Finance

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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 …

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Hester got RBS back on an even keel

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By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: June 13th, 2013 Stephen Hester’s five years at the helm of Royal Bank of Scotland were nothing if not tumultuous. Under his predecessor, Fred Goodwin, retail banking operations were used as a cash cow to fund overseas expansion, staff were demoralised by a …

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Stephen Hester just doesn’t get it

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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 …

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Stephen Hester: The great escape artist

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: February 10th, 2013 It has been described as the biggest banking felony in history … yet no-one has been prosecuted for the Libor fixing scandal. Ian Fraser looks at the RBS sacrificial lambs.  [An edited version of this article was published on pages …

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How to deal with the Libor riggers

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February 6th, 2013 Kevin Mason, a commenter on the Guardian website, had this to say about the £390 million settlement that Royal Bank of Scotland reached with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, US Department of Justice and Financial Services Authority over rampant Libor-rigging today [Mason’s words sourced from Graeme Wearden’s …