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How to deal with the Libor riggers

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 excellent Libor rigging live blog published […]

February 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Have we really rebuilt the Royal Bank of Scotland?

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: October 21st, 2012 Stephen Hester and Sir Philip Hampton may be in bullish mood, but is RBS as strong as they claim? By Ian Fraser (Image: The Sun) THE chairman and chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland had something of a spring in their step last week. The […]

October 21st, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | 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 »

Stephen Hester renounces Milton Friedman’s doctrine of greed

October 2nd, 2012 Speaking to an audience of students and finance industry insiders at the London School of Economics yesterday, Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester renounced the Friedman Doctrine that has done so much damage to our economy and society since the 1970s. Hester said that banks and other companies have been […]

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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

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

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 »

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 »

To resolve the Libor scandal, we must decide. Do we want to save banks, or our societies?

August 1st, 2012 Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth, wrote three weeks ago that Libor rigging was a criminal conspiracy from the start. Here he provides an update which summarizes how collusion between large banks and central banks/regulators allowed the rate-rigging scandal to continue unchecked, at the expense of society and the real economy, […]

August 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 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 »