Ian Fraser is an award-winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster who writes about business, finance, politics and economics. He has written for titles including The Economist, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, the Herald, Sunday Herald, BBC News, Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones.
His first book, Shredded: Inside RBS, The Bank That Broke Britain, published in June 2014, explores how and why RBS, the world’s largest company by assets at the time of its collapse, became the world’s most expensive bank to bail out and remains loss-making nine years later. The book was longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year and has received many positive reviews, including from the Financial Times’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf.
Since March 2009, Ian has worked on programmes about the global financial crisis and its aftermath for the BBC. These have included RBS: Inside The Bank that Ran Out of Money, (a one-hour documentary that was shortlisted for Bafta), Trust Me I’m A Banker for BBC Scotland Investigates, Carry on Banking for BBC 1 Panorama and seven Radio 4 ‘File on 4’ documentaries (including Badly Behaving Bankers).
In 2008-14 he was consulting editor of Bloomsbury Publishing’s Qfinance, a role that involved commissioning “think pieces” from leading global experts on economics and finance. He also wrote a regular blog on finance and economics for Qfinance.
In 2009-11, Ian was visiting lecturer at the department of film, media and journalism at the University of Stirling, where he taught on the UK’s first MSc in financial journalism, a course he helped to launch.
From August 2006 until May 2010 he was interim and acting business editor, Scotland, of The Sunday Times. From 2006 to 2008 he was also legal and accountancy correspondent of The Herald as well as freelancing for a wide range of other print titles.
After spending 12 years working in London and Paris, Ian moved to Scotland when he helped launch the Sunday Herald in January 1999. Appointed by founding editor Andrew Jaspan, he was financial editor and deputy business editor from 1999 until April 2006, when he left to go freelance and broaden his career, whilst remaining a regular contributor to the newspaper. Stand out articles from his days at the Sunday Herald include World Bank rebel wages war on Wall Street (July 7th, 2002) and After the fall (October 5th, 2008). A key article Ian wrote for the Financial Times was Why a crash is on the cards (November 27th, 2006)
During the 1990s, Fraser held senior editorial roles at Director, where he was acting editor, and EuroBusiness, where he was assistant editor. He was also editor of internal magazines for Unilever based in Blackfriars. In the early to mid-1990s, he worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer, based in London and Central & Eastern Europe, contributing to titles including the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The European, The Scotsman and GQ.
In addition to mainstream journalism, Ian blogs for Huffington Post, Naked Capitalism and at his own website. Ian also occasionally writes — or ghost-writes — articles for corporate clients. These have included Baillie Gifford, Centrica, Deutsche Bank and Standard Life. He also provides media-training services to financial institutions and professional services firms. He always declares such assignments to commissioning editors.
Ian speaks fluent French and graduated M.A. (honours) in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews, where he also studied Economics, History of Art and Medieval History. He is member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, the world’s oldest professional body for journalists. Ian has won and been shortlisted for a number of UK journalism awards.
A profile of Ian Fraser, written by Mital Patel, was published on the Cision Blog.