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Britain now ‘a financial rogue state, subverting safer finance’

March 29th, 2011 A report just out from the New Economics Foundation reveals that the UK has learnt nothing from the financial crisis of 2008-11. The report, co-authored by the foundation’s Andrew Simms and Lydia Prieg, reminds us that the coalition government — still very much in the thrall of bankers and the City of London — […]

March 29th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Andy Haldane outlines proposals for breaking the ‘doom loop’

February 21st, 2011 The Bank of England’s Andy Haldane gave a fresh perspective on the causes of the global financial crisis and ran through the bank’s favoured cures at a recent lecture he gave to the Irish think tank the Institute of International and European Affairs. Haldane, the BoE’s executive director of financial stability, who […]

February 21st, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

‘New Model Banker’ has work cut out at Lloyds

February 9th, 2011 Dominic Morris, who took over as director of public policy at Lloyds Banking Group in December 2009, appears to be one of the best connected men in Britain. A former private secretary to both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, Morris sent out an email to all his contacts to let them know […]

February 9th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Carol Ferguson: Whitehall much easier to deal with than Brussels

By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Times Date: January 31st, 2011 The investment trust sector, eclipsed by the unit trust sector in the UK’s retail market, is due to receive a shot in the arm in two years when the UK government’s retail distribution review takes effect. However Carol Ferguson (pictured above), outgoing chairman of the […]

January 31st, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Farmers shocked by inadequacy of SRA’s Burges Salmon “inquiry”

September 23rd, 2010 (Updated October 2nd, 2010) Talk about foot-dragging. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been investigating the Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon LLP and its partner Peter Williams for more than three years over the alleged misselling of unregulated commercial loans to cash-strapped farmers. The loans, often priced at usurious annual interest rates of […]

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

How to cure the CDO madness

December 14th, 2009 Naive British and European regulators, which allowed European banks to gorge on toxic assets seemingly without restriction, have been accused of playing a major role in stoking up the crisis. In a blog post, Reuters’ Felix Salmon accuses European regulators of giving out-of-control banks such as RBS free rein to bulk up […]

December 14th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Sir Steve Robson urged to quit FRC

By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Times Date March 15th, 2009 Critics say credibility of Financial Reporting Council is  affected as he was among the purged RBS non-executive directors Sir Steve Robson, one of seven RBS non-executive directors to be purged last month, is facing calls to resign as non-executive director of the Financial Reporting […]

March 15th, 2009 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »