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RBS whistleblower: ‘It was simply outrageous what went on’

December 7th, 2013 A former insider at Royal Bank of Scotland’s Irish subsidiary, Ulster Bank, has shed further light on the alleged systematic abuse of business customers by the bank’s “recovery and restructuring” arm, which includes Global Restructuring Group and West Register. In a candid interview with Ireland’s Sunday Independent the whistleblower – who is reported […]

December 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The “financial terrorism” of Royal Bank of Scotland

November 27th, 2013 (updated November 28th, 2013) (minor edits December 1st, 2013) Another of the banking scandals I’ve been covering for more than three years is gaining a wider audience, following the publication of the Tomlinson Report on Monday and this morning’s confirmation from the Financial Times that the Serious Fraud Office is “considering” an investigation into the […]

November 27th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

£1 trillion timebombs RBS must defuse

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 of Scotland. There were a few […]

November 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Guest post: How Britain’s banks profit from distress

By James Nicholls October 23rd, 2013 Banks are in the business of making money – just like every other business – and they do this by providing bank accounts and lending money at a profit. So far so ordinary. They lend to individuals and businesses and most of the time this all goes well, in […]

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The Parliamentary Review: Review of the Year in Finance

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 Rate (Libor). Libor is the […]

September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The banality of vulture financing: The placid face of RBS’s distressed debt recycling factory

10 September 2013 Derek Sach inadvertently gave away some of RBS’s trade secrets in this interview with Debtwire’s Mario Oliviero. Sach — who is in charge of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank’s so-called Global Restructuring Group — was interviewed during the Debtwire European Forum in London’s Dorchester Hotel on 16 October 2012. Sach, who joined RBS from […]

September 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Hester got RBS back on an even keel

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 regime of fear, and many […]

June 13th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Highland result suggests RBS bankers no longer above the law

April 13th, 2013 Finally, we have evidence that banks and bankers are not above the law in the United Kingdom. It seems the courts have finally woken up to the fact that allowing them to lie, cheat, deceive and defraud without legal impediment may not be a particularly good idea. As such, yesterday’s appeal court […]

April 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Stephen Hester just doesn’t get it

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 that RBS staff will share […]

March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS’s light at end of the tunnel could be train that flattens it

By Ian Fraser Published: Yorkshire Post Date: March 1st, 2013 AS the Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester toured the broadcasters’ studios yesterday, he kept repeating the same mantras. He is “fixing RBS”; it is going from an “okay company” to being a “really good bank”; and “RBS will be ready to be privatised […]

March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »