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Hounded’ by RBS, Highland accountancy firm on the brink

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: April 3rd, 2011 A LEADING Highland firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers is facing bankruptcy following a lengthy dispute with the state-owned lender Royal Bank of Scotland. Graeme Fraser, who founded 16-strong Graeme M Fraser & Co in the early 1980s, will appear as a ‘party litigant’ […]

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Scots warm to power of the sea

By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Times Date: March 27th, 2011 Keith Anderson, of Scottish Power Renewables, is aiming to become a leader in offshore wind turbines Not content with having outpaced his rivals in wind energy, Keith Anderson wants to conquer the waves. Scottish Power Renewables, based in Glasgow, is the largest renewable energy […]

March 27th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Whistleblower alleges ‘largest sustained cooking of books in British financial history’

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: February 20th, 2011 A CORPORATE whistleblower’s eight-year battle over his claims that Scottish Widows policyholders were deprived of £1.5 billion during the Lloyds takeover is to be the subject of an English high court hearing. Graham Senior-Milne, a former internal auditor at Lloyds TSB and Scottish Widows, is […]

February 20th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | 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 »

A fund for all seasons with simple secrets for success

By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Times Date: January 17th, 2011 Standard Life Investments runs one of the biggest and best performing diversified growth funds on the market. The Edinburgh-based group’s £8.6bn ($13.5bn) Global Absolute Return Strategies fund has been pulling in billions from pension funds and charities in the UK, Scandinavia and the US. It […]

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Moore: FSA lacks competence to investigate bank failures

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: January 16th, 2011 Paul Moore, former head group regulatory risk at HBOS-turned-whistleblower, has cast doubt on the rigour of the Financial Services Authority’s ongoing investigation into the collapse of the Edinburgh-based bank, on the grounds that informed critical witnesses have not been approached for evidence. Moore said he […]

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Eurozone ripe for break up, warns Standard Life Investments

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: January 9th, 2011 One of Scotland’s leading investors has added his voice to the growing chorus of analysts who see 2011 as a year of possible meltdown for the euro. Euan Munro, head of multi-asset investing at Standard Life Investments, said that a combination of German reluctance to […]

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Bankers’ bonuses

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 26th, 2010 Ever since Gordon Brown bailed out Britain’s banks in October 2008, the saga of bonuses has become one of the longest-running and most contentious in British public life. Politicians have been scrabbling for ways to respond to public anger and persuade the bankers to show […]

December 26th, 2010 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Dutch pension firm leads charge to sue RBS for subprime exposure

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 19th, 2010 Dutch asset management group Mn Services is preparing to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland for damages after the Edinburgh-based bank failed to disclose its true exposure to subprime toxic loans ahead of its October 2008 implosion. The €69 billion (£59 billion) asset management group […]

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Scottish Revolution – Alyson Stafford interview

By Ian Fraser Published: Accountancy Magazine Date: December 1st, 2010 One aspect of her job that Alyson Stafford relishes is her interactions with Scottish politicians, including first minister Alex Salmond and finance minister John Swinney. ‘What makes this role really interesting are the strategic aspects of the work,’ says Stafford, the finance director to the […]

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