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The dog that eats up debt

Picture via Mitos e Lenda - Bruno

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 December 2014 [Note this the unedited version of a business focus article published in the Sunday Herald on 21 December 2014] Banks including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have found a new way of freshening up their balance sheets and ridding  themselves of business customers […]

December 21st, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Paul Mason is right to be angry with RBS


November 12th, 2014 This is brilliant off-the-cuff reporting by Paul Mason, economics editor of Channel 4 News. It’s all very well for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive Ross McEwan to claim to be angry that some of his bank’s traders rigged the FX markets in order to rip off the bank’s clients and counterparties. But I […]

November 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Was Mallett thrown to the wolves to save BoE’s skin?

Photo: Andrew Winning/Reuters

November 12th, 2014 Guest Post by Rowan Bosworth-Davies One of the major unexplained elements in the foreign exchange (forex) rigging case is the level of knowledge of manipulative activity possessed by the Bank of England. If it, as a leading market participant and a regulator, had prior knowledge that the forex markets were being manipulated, or […]

November 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

US law firm takes on action group’s case against RBS


By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 12 October 2014 Several hundred businesses that claim to have suffered at the hands of Royal Bank of Scotland’s “turnaround” division have appointed US law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to represent them in a planned case against the bank. The RBS GRG Business Action Group members […]

October 12th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Banks’ swap-for-swap deals anger campaigners


By Ian Fraser Published: The Times Date: 29 September 2014 Small businesses, MPs and campaigners are calling for an inquiry into the Financial Conduct Authority’s handling of banks’ mis-selling of complex financial products to small businesses. Guto Bebb, a Conservative MP and chairman of an all-party parliamentary group on the issue, said: “There is no […]

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

A true rebranding … or lipstick on a pig?

An RBS branch in Edinburgh; photo: Marketing Week

By Ian Fraser Published: Mail on Sunday (Scottish edition) Date: 17 August 2014 RBS’s decision to scrap the three-letter acronym it has used for eleven years and assert its heritage by readopting the Royal Bank of Scotland title and refurbishing branches with a “heather, tartan and tweed” theme will get the nation thinking. Is this […]

August 17th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS: papering over the cracks

1st page of article as published in Sunday Herald

By: Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 17 August 2014 The decision by RBS to dissolve its Global Restructuring Group, an arm of the bank that stands accused of destroying viable UK businesses for profit, will do little to repair the damage caused to the bank’s beleaguered reputation. By Ian Fraser As a damage limitation […]

August 17th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Ross McEwan: “RBS is a yacht with a spinnaker up”


July 13th, 2014 On 2 May 2014, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s New Zealand-born chief executive, Ross McEwan, unveiled a surprisingly strong set of financial results for the bank that he has led since 1 October 2013. But has it really turned the corner? McEwan the and RBS’s outgoing finance director Nathan Bostock then answered […]

July 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Shredded Tweets


July 7th, 2014 Here is a selection of tweets about Shredded: Inside RBS The Bank That Broke Britain which was published by Birlinn Books on 6 June (a few other Shredded Tweets are posted here). I’d like to thank all the senders of these messages for buying the book, reading it, and for their positive feedback. It’s heartening […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The FCA no less ‘captured’ than its predecessor


June 27th, 2014 (minor edits Oct 3rd) The Financial Conduct Authority, established in April 2013, has failed its first test. Its review of the interest rate swaps that were sold on an industrial scale by banks to gullible small business customers, especially in 2004-08, has fallen short on a number of fronts. (for more on the fraudulent […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Fraser on Twitter

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