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Stories written by Ian Fraser

Europe’s future: Whatever it takes

By Ian Fraser Published: The Treasurer Date: 1 March 2016 Policymakers in Brussels and within European parliaments still face turbulence as they endeavour to encourage growth and restore unity. Treasurers are more sanguine, but likewise treading carefully. Ian Fraser reports Back in July 2012, after a turbulent period when the euro’s very survival seemed to […]

March 1st, 2016 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The 47 scandals that prove it’s no time to go soft on banks

19th November 2015 In an important speech given at the Finance Watch conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Robert Jenkins — a former member of the Bank of England’s financial policy committee — highlighted the dangers of a two-tier justice system in which senior bankers are effectively ‘above the law’. He also said that 47 banking scandals and the feeble nature of most […]

November 19th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

UK regulators pronounce on HBOS

By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Intelligencer Date: 18 November 2015 Seven years since HBOS crashed and burned, we are about to find out why, from a report to be jointly published on Thursday morning by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (part of the Bank of England). The Edinburgh-based bank, which had assets […]

November 18th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Petrobras scandal’s key witness speaks out

By Ian Fraser Published: The Financial Intelligencer Date: 13 November 2015 The former oil industry executive whose evidence kicked off the corruption probe into Brazilian energy giant Petrobras – a scandal which has tipped Brazil into recession and may yet bring down its government – has spoken out for the first time since entering a […]

November 13th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

George Osborne unveils a quack cure for RBS

11th November 2015 It was midway between the canon of lamb and the passing of the port that George Osborne rose to his feet. Addressing a room of 350 white-tie wearing bankers, the 44-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer seemed to have a spring in his step. Just a few weeks earlier, the Tories had won a […]

November 11th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Steve Baker: The government is flying blind on banking

8th November, 2015 In a stark warning to the government, the MP Steve Baker has said we’re flying blind where RBS and the wider banking system are concerned, as accounts prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) cannot be relied upon. In what was the stand-out contribution to last Thursday’s House of Commons debate on RBS and the future […]

November 8th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Classic over-reach as Goodwin boasted about RBS’s immensity

7th November 2015 The FactSheet compiled by RBS’s senior communications executive and deputy chief economist Andrew Wilson in February 2007 pleased his master, the bank’s chief executive, Fred Goodwin, as it put RBS’s financial success in context. But it was also incredibly bombastic and dangerously hubristic Royal Bank of Scotland issued an extraordinary flyer to journalists on the […]

November 7th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Luyendijk: Don’t blame the bankers; it’s the system that must change

27th October, 2015 When trying to interview bankers and other City of London insiders for his Guardian banking blog three years ago — material which later formed the basis of his recently published book, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey Into The Word of Bankers — Joris Luyendijk came across exactly the same sort of resistance […]

October 27th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Punch-up in a brewery as Tennent’s faces legal challenge from “Nordic” beer minnow

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 11 October 2015 London-based drinks business Kolson has accused Glasgow-based Tennent Caledonian Breweries of damaging its business after a contract-brewing deal between the two firms turned sour. Tennent’s owner C&C Group, though, counter claims that Kolson’s actions are simply a “smokescreen” designed to avoid payment to Tennent’s. The war […]

October 11th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Businesses trashed by RBS ‘vampire unit’ refuse to co-operate with FCA appointed sleuths

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 October 2015 Businesspeople who claim to have been ruined by RBS’s Global Restructuring Group are refusing to co-operate with a firm hired by the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the scandal, potentially derailing the probe into the bank’s so-called “vampire unit”. The RBS GRG Business Action Group […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »