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Resolving the banking crisis will require radical surgery and quiet determination

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 12th, 2012 STANDARD Chartered, the London-headquartered bank that does most of its business in Asia, was – until the beginning of last week – the last good bank standing. It was one of the select band of banks to characterise themselves as a cut above the rest, having […]

August 12th, 2012 | Posted in Latest Articles | Read More »

Benjamin Lawsky, we’re banking on you

August 11th, 2012 According to a Reuters report earlier, Standard Chartered is this weekend in talks with US regulators with a view to reaching a carefully choreographed settlement along similar lines to the “sweetheart” deal that Barclays reached with the US department of justice for similar Iran-related criminality in August 2010. Reuters says the settlement may […]

August 11th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Britain ignores this epidemic of financial crime at its peril

August 1st, 2012 (minor revisions September 4th 2012) by Rowan Bosworth-Davies The most prestigious names in the British banking and finance routinely engage in criminal activities on a scale that would make any Mafia family proud. Whether it’s by facilitating international money-laundering; manipulating markets through Libor rigging; institutionalised insider dealing; misappropriating money from clients’ pension savings […]

August 1st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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

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 »

The trouble with our banking culture

July 18th, 2012 Image by WilliamBanzai7 A friend who works for for Barclays told me what the culture is now like at such banks these days. In response to a question about how bankers have changed — in terms of culture, motivations, behaviour — over the past two decades, he said: “I have the advantage […]

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

Sheila Bair: Governments must now stand up to the banks and force through profound change

July 17th, 2012 In this interview with Bill Moyers, Sheila Bair, the former chairperson of the FDIC, describes the Libor rigging scandal as a wake up call for governments around the world. She says that governments, including the US government, must now “stand up to the banks and tell them they need to start doing business differently, […]

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Guest Post: The Libor crime scene will soon be expanded

July 16th, 2012 By The Left Banker Image: WilliamBanzai7 For the past 30 years, the global economy has built up increasingly vast amounts of public, private and household debt. This was to compensate for the fall in real wages and to avoid a repeat of the crisis of over-production of goods and services seen from mid-1970s […]

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

Loss of trust

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

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 »

Talking Li(e)borgate on the Keiser Report

July 13th, 2012 On Tuesday, I was interviewed by Max Keiser of the Keiser Report about the UK’s lack of appetite for prosecuting  ‘white collar’ crime. Max also asked me about the Libor rigging scandal, swaps misselling by UK banks, and much else besides. The progeamme was broadcast on Wednesday night and made available via […]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »