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Banks’ swap-for-swap deals anger campaigners

By Ian Fraser Published: The Times Date: 29 September 2014 Small businesses, MPs and campaigners are calling for an inquiry into the Financial Conduct Authority’s handling of banks’ mis-selling of complex financial products to small businesses. Guto Bebb, a Conservative MP and chairman of an all-party parliamentary group on the issue, said: “There is no […]

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Barclays comes to regret letting flash boys plunge into its “dark pool”

June 26th, 2014 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies One of the over-riding principles of free and well-regulated markets is that everyone who seeks access to trade must be permitted equal rights to knowledge of the prices being quoted, whether “buy” or “sell”. Anything less, and the market becomes a private playground for insiders who seek to benefit from […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Barclays raises bosses’ payouts as staff face dole

By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: 12 February 2014 Most bank chief executives, when describing the need to rebuild their institutions, restore profitability and regain people’s trust in the wake of the global financial crisis, have a habit of spouting meaningless platitudes. At first the Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins, installed after the Libor […]

February 12th, 2014 | 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 »

Stephen Hester: The great escape artist

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 »

Britain’s corporate failures invite a governance revolution

November 18th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The bigwigs of the City of London, corporate governance ‘gurus’ in asset-management firms and leading figures from FTSE-100 companies have a penchant for patting themselves on the back over the brilliance of the corporate governance framework they have erected over the past two decades. The UK Corporate Governance Code (formerly the Combined Code of […]

November 18th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Intruders gatecrash bankers’ party to hand Barclays Libor rigging award

October 8th, 2012 On Thursday, October 4th, The Banker’s Investment Banking Awards 2012, a black-tie do in the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, were successfully gatecrashed by a group of activists known as The Intruders. They managed to join the veteran BBC newsreader Peter Sissons (what was he doing there, I wonder?) on the stage of the Sheraton Park Lane […]

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

Prem Sikka: Without proper curbs on predatory capitalism, recovery will elude us

October 8th, 2012 Despite a banking and financial crisis of near biblical proportions in 2007-09, which saw the collapse and state-funded rescue of many of Britain’s banks, the country’s regulators have singularly failed to get to the bottom of what happened. The way in which the Financial Services Authority has sought to close the book […]

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

Written evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards Submission from Ian Fraser, 24 August 2012 [Update: January 12, 2013. This is my submission to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which is being chaired by Andrew Tyrie MP. Written in August 2012, it was published on the Parliamentary website [pdf 28mb] on December 19th, 2012 — it can be found on […]

September 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »