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The time is now. Why we need a proper, independent Public Inquiry into UK banks

March 18th, 2012 Demands for a Leveson-style public inquiry into the UK’s dysfunctional banking sector are reaching a crescendo following the FSA’s partial whitewash of the RBS collapse, a cover-up of events surrounding the Bradford & Bingley rights issue, doubts about the regulator’s commitment to getting to the bottom of what happened at HBOS and much establishment […]

March 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

FSA bombshell changes everything for ex-HBOS directors Crosby, Stevenson and Cummings

March 10th, 2012 Yesterday was an extraordinary day in the world of banking. First we had confirmation from Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland that they are doling out obscene sums in bonuses to executives, even as performance flags and share prices plunge. Then we had the ridiculous saga of the IDSA determinations […]

March 10th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Revealed: the hornet and the sting which are stopping us learning the truth about the collapse of HBOS

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: February 26th, 2012 Results released last Friday showed a sea of red ink engulfing the state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group. Trumpeted at the time of its September 2008 formation as the “bank for Britain”, the 41%-taxpayer owned business unveiled annual losses of £3.5 billion for 2011, nearly double those […]

February 28th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Stripping Fred Goodwin of his knighthood won’t solve the banking crisis

January 21st, 2012 The current cross-party campaign to have Sir Fred Goodwin stripped of his knighthood makes for entertaining viewing, but I’m afraid I don’t agree with it. The current witchhunt is handy for the politicians. It gives the impression they’re doing something to punish a perpetrator of the banking crisis but, call me cynical, […]

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

The secrets and lies of Gordon Brown

April 18th, 2010 Gordon Brown’s hypocrisy towards the banking sector knows no bounds. The doomed prime minister recently branded investment bank Goldman Sachs “morally bankrupt” and asked the FSA to investigate. Yet Brown has ignored corruption and moral bankruptcy closer to home. Has he “forgotten” that, eighteen months ago, he was alerted to one of […]

April 18th, 2010 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The bank, the regulator and the Vavasseur fraud

November 8th, 2009 (first published January 2009) (Minor edit on 20 March 2014) No touch regulator? John Tiner was the FSA’s boss from April 2001 to July 2007 One of the FSA’s roles is supposed to be to protect consumers from being ripped off by crooks and charlatans in the financial world. But the City […]

November 8th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Examining HBOS

November 3rd, 2009 (first published June 9th, 2009) [Note: comments on this post have been disabled and earlier comments from witnesses have been removed as a result of the current Thames Valley Police and Serious Organised Crime Agency investigation and expected trial. Ian Fraser, January 5th, 2011. Minor edits on January 29th, 2012] A recent […]

November 3rd, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The recklessness of Cummings

July 13th, 2009 Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Justin Urquhart-Stewart, director of Seven Investment Management, has described HBOS as being “pregnant with the spawn of Satan” by the time Lloyds TSB saved it from extinction last September. I don’t think he’s far wrong. Most of the damage was done in the corporate lending arm, overseen by Peter […]

July 13th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The extraordinary lapses that caused HBOS’s collapse

May 28th, 2009 Introductory note: An edited version of this article was published on the BBC News website under headline Why did HBOS make risky loans on May 27th, 2009. All the current and former HBOS insiders interviewed for this article did so on condition of anonymity.  Soon after it was formed from the merger of […]

May 28th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

At last, an honest banker

March 4th, 2009 “It is as if, too often, people had given up asking whether something was the right thing to do, and focused only whether it was legal and complied with the rules. The industry needs to recover a sense of what is right and suitable as the key impulse for doing business.” These […]

March 4th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »