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  1. August 11, 2014

    In defence of angry outbursts in the office

    Fred Goodwin, disgraced former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, was notorious for what were nicknamed “morning...

  2. July 25, 2014

    Travel hints and holiday reading

    If you follow me on Twitter or any other social media you will see a change in my posts in the next few weeks. There will...

  1. July 18, 2014

    Britain versus the banks

    Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain, by Ian Fraser, Birlinn, RRP£25, 480 pages Inside the Banking Crisis: The...

  2. February 27, 2014

    RBS saga plays out on grand scale

    The £8.2bn pre-tax operating loss announced by Royal Bank of Scotland on Thursday is the sixth consecutive time the lender...

  3. February 21, 2014

    Project Cook chops RBS down to size

    RBS turns the page The drastic strategic overhaul of Royal Bank of Scotland, to be unveiled next week by chief executive...

  4. February 6, 2014

    Scottish vote: Pro-union Alistair Darling cites UK economy

    The short walk to Alistair Darling’s Edinburgh front door is a path associated with impending doom. It was here that Fred...

  5. January 22, 2014

    Davos is no place for a comeback by the failed kings of finance

    There might be hope yet for Fred Goodwin. Evidence is accumulating that the men at the top of big western banks when the...

  6. December 26, 2013

    Insurers may be at the centre of the next big crisis

    It would make a good pub quiz question: what was the most costly bailout of the 2008 financial crisis? Royal Bank of...

  7. December 16, 2013

    RBS fights litigation over rights issue

    Royal Bank of Scotland, which is fighting litigation from shareholders who invested in its £12bn rights issue in 2008 just...

  8. November 12, 2013

    Energy companies feel the heat amid anger over price increases

    Energy companies are now trusted less than banks and car salesmen amid increasingly hostile political attacks which on...

  9. November 8, 2013

    Bernie Ecclestone denies knowing of loan

    Bernie Ecclestone was accused of repeatedly lying during evidence to the High Court in a $140m damages claim, after the...

  10. October 7, 2013

    The danger of a rush of power to the head

    Silvio Berlusconi and Jack Ma do not have much in common. The 77-year-old Italian politician is at the end of his leadership...

  11. September 11, 2013

    Review: A pacy account of the storm before the bailout

    Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy, by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster, £20...

  12. September 4, 2013

    Standard Life and Legal & General consider suing RBS

    Standard Life Investments and Legal & General Investment Management are considering suing Royal Bank of Scotland over a...

  13. July 8, 2013

    Bankers guilty of misconduct may never face jail, say lawyers

    George Osborne will legislate to impose criminal sanctions and jail sentences on bankers guilty of “reckless misconduct”,...

  14. June 19, 2013

    The trial of Fred Goodwin

    The parliamentary commission on standards in UK banks has come up with the politically expedient idea of a new criminal...

  15. June 13, 2013

    Osborne shouldn’t treat RBS like his family business

    It may have lacked the savagery of the “drive-by shooting” suffered by his predecessor, Fred Goodwin, more than five years...

  16. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2013

    The London 6am Cut

    COMMENT AND CURIOS - “The Purest Political Economist of Them All: Albert Hirschman’s Legacy”, by Dan Drezner. - What the...

  17. FT Alphaville

    June 12, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - The FX ‘manipulation’ thing: thoughts from Matt Levine, Kid Dynamite, and Felix. - “High...

  18. June 12, 2013

    RBS: farewell, Mr Hester

    Hail the conquering hero? Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders have a lot to thank Stephen Hester for, despite the outcry...

  19. April 29, 2013

    Insurance: Directors take action against rising tide of litigation

    Earlier this month a legal case was launched against the former directors of Royal Bank of Scotland by the RBS Shareholder...

  20. April 15, 2013

    UK banks must learn lessons from history

    Over the past couple of weeks, we have been treated to some powerful history lessons about Britain’s banking industry. Taken...

  21. April 12, 2013

    Bankers’ pension pots are not sacrosanct

    Saying sorry needs to mean something. By offering to relinquish his knighthood and hand back a chunk of his pension, Sir...

  22. April 9, 2013

    Crosby show shows little sign of abating

    It marked a quick win for Westminster’s politicians. Sir James Crosby’s decision to give up his knighthood and part of his...

  23. April 8, 2013

    Cameron urged to act against Crosby

    Pressure is building on David Cameron to intervene to rid Sir James Crosby of his knighthood and part of his pension, after...

  24. April 7, 2013

    MPs urge HBOS chief to sacrifice pension

    Conservative and Labour MPs are pushing for the former chief executive of HBOS to give up some of his £20m pension pot,...

  25. April 3, 2013

    RBS faces second lawsuit on rights issue

    Royal Bank of Scotland and several of its former top executives are being sued for as much as £4bn by a group of...

  26. December 29, 2012

    Knighthood for Sants seen as bold move

    The knighting of Hector Sants – a banker-turned regulator-turned banker again – marks a bold departure from the policy of...

  27. December 10, 2012

    Politicians miss the point of business

    For all the toxicity of the March Budget, the coalition government’s fortunes actually began to sour two months earlier. It...

  28. November 19, 2012

    City calls for change in honours system

    A charity that works to promote philanthropy in the City is calling for an overhaul of the honours system, which would allow...

  29. November 6, 2012

    Banks impose bonus forfeits for bad deals

    Banks have stepped up efforts to hold employees accountable for illicit or loss-creating behaviour by clawing back their...

  30. June 26, 2012

    Goodwin and colleagues deny rights issue claim

    Fred Goodwin and other former board members of the Royal Bank of Scotland have strenuously denied misleading investors over...

  31. May 28, 2012

    Wanless, banker and policy adviser, dies

    Derek Wanless, who has died aged 64, led National Westminster Bank out of a troubled period and during the 1990s brought a...

  32. May 24, 2012

    Civil service underperformers targeted

    One-in-ten of Britain’s civil servants will be told to improve their performance or face the axe under plans to improve...

  33. May 17, 2012

    BCCI liquidators to stand down

    Liquidators of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International are to stand down after 21 years orchestrating one of...

  34. FT Alphaville

    April 30, 2012

    What are the odds of a former Goldmanite getting the BofE governor job?

    The race for Mervyn King’s job is hotting up — months before it’s even officially advertised — as rumours circulate that a...

  35. February 24, 2012

    Labour leaders at odds over bonus excess

    Ed Miliband, Labour leader, and Ed Balls, his shadow chancellor, are at odds over the party’s attack on excessive bonuses,...

  36. February 23, 2012

    Business chiefs welcome Cameron speech

    Corporate Britain cheered David Cameron on Thursday for an aggressively pro-business speech. The prime minister tried to...

  37. February 23, 2012

    Float will expose Direct Line to harsher comparisons

    Hanging with homely Ringo helped John and Paul look more handsome. The same principle works for RBS Insurance as it heads...

  38. February 23, 2012

    Chief hails RBS progress on asset clean-up

    A near doubling of losses in a year would usually be a cause for concern for bank chief executives. But Stephen Hester, head...

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