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The Parliamentary Review: Review of the Year in Finance

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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 »

Stephen Hester: The great escape artist

RBS Libor rigging

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: February 10th, 2013 It has been described as the biggest banking felony in history … yet no-one has been prosecuted for the Libor fixing scandal. Ian Fraser looks at the RBS sacrificial lambs.  [An edited version of this article was published on pages 34-35 the Sunday Herald on […]

February 10th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

UBS ‘rogue’ trader Adoboli behind London’s biggest fraud, claims QC

Kweku Adoboli arrives at SCC

September 14th, 2012 Kweku Adoboli, a former UBS’s trader, was a  ’rogue’ who fraudulently gambled away the bank’s money, “cooked the books”, doctored documents, faked profits, fabricated clients and lied to his bosses to boost his earnings power, according to an opening statement from prosecutor Sasha Wass QC in Southwark Crown Court today. Wass, of 6 […]

September 14th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Matt Taibbi: “I cannot imagine how a sane person could describe Libor rigging as a victimless crime”

Matt Taibbi

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 »

Loss of trust

Fred Goodwin

By Ian Fraser Published: Signet Magazine Date: July 16th, 2012 (minor edits March 28th, 2013) Scottish banking was once renowned for prudential management. Today the association is rather different. Financial journalist Ian Fraser gives his view of events behind the collapse of RBS and HBOS and calls for a Leveson-style inquiry. PDF version of this […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s world of pain

Atlas holding up the Earth Greece

By Ian Fraser Published: July 15th, 2012 Published: Sunday Herald In his glory days Fred Goodwin aspired to make Royal Bank of Scotland a global bank on which the sun never set. Corporate videos extolling the group’s global reach were routinely played at investor meetings. His legacy is a world of trouble, with the bank […]

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Do big banks need to worry about being found out over Libor?

Bob Diamond leaves Portcullis House

July 8th, 2012 The eventual outcome of the global Libor rigging scandal is impossible to call at this stage. There is a body of opinion that it might end up being a storm in a teacup (sounds familiar?), given that regulators and courts might end up stuggling to establish who got scammed and the true […]

July 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Sentencing of former Nigerian politician highlights London’s role as world-leading money laundering centre

Money laundering

April 16th, 2012 Barclays, Citibank, HSBC and Abbey National (now owned by Santander) helped to launder some $250 million for James Ibori,  former the former governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State. The money was almost entirely siphoned from state funds. Ibori has been described by Sahara Reporters as:- “one of the most ingenious and mindless embezzlers of […]

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Hector Sants, the Independent and the £5,000 pay-off

Hector Sants

By Jim Parton Published: March 16th, 2012 Hector wasn’t a ‘card-carrying nasty bastard’. He was merely bland, writes former colleague Jim Parton ‘I couldn’t see the point of suffering in the City of London if the sums I earned were only mildly revolting, as opposed to completely obscene.’ These were the somewhat amoral opening words […]

March 16th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

UBS urges NAB to sell Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks promptly even at £1.3bn loss

Yorkshire Bank

February 15th, 2012 Further to my recent story about Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank being essentially worthless following their reckless commercial property lending binge in 2005-07 and subsequent blog post, an analyst from UBS has sort of confirmed the story. UBS banking analyst Jonathan Mott is urging Cameron Clyne, chief executive of Melbourne-based NAB  to sell […]

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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