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  1. August 26, 2014

    Rating rise to ‘buy’ propels RSA higher

    Shares in RSA Insurance shone in London on Tuesday, as the FTSE 100 returned from its late-summer long weekend to play...

  2. August 7, 2014

    A tale of two turnrounds

    On Thursday, within minutes of each other, Mark Wilson at Aviva and Stephen Hester at RSA updated investors on the progress...

  1. August 7, 2014

    Viking raiders will bring Norse sense to company votes

    “From the wrath of the Northmen, oh lord, deliver us,” were the words gabbled by Dark Age peasants in hopes of warding off...

  2. August 7, 2014

    RSA chief warns more writedowns possible

    Stephen Hester, the banker drafted in to turn round insurance group RSA, has warned the group’s shareholders about the risk...

  3. July 17, 2014

    RSA to cut almost a tenth of costs

    Stephen Hester is preparing to cut almost a tenth of RSA’s £2bn annual costs as the insurer’s chief executive undertakes the...

  4. June 17, 2014

    RSA appoints Goldman Sachs to handle sale of its Asia business

    RSA, the FTSE 100 insurer trying to recover from an accounting scandal in Ireland, has appointed Goldman Sachs to handle the...

  5. May 19, 2014

    RSA to sell Canadian unit Noraxis

    RSA, the FTSE 100 insurer trying to rebuild its finances after an accounting scandal, has completed the latest in a series...

  6. April 29, 2014

    Media’s coverage offsets hostile banker-bashing, says study

    Bob Diamond called for an end to apologies, Stephen Hester said criticism made “the job harder” and one former stockbroker...

  7. April 17, 2014

    RSA sells Baltics and Polish units for £300m

    Stephen Hester has sealed his first of several expected deals to sell RSA businesses, agreeing to dispose of its operations...

  8. April 16, 2014

    RSA seeks new head of UK and European business

    The man responsible for RSA’s operations in western Europe when accounting irregularities came to light at its Irish arm is...

  9. April 15, 2014

    RSA promotes emerging markets head Paul Whittaker

    RSA has promoted its emerging markets head to a job focusing on the sales of the British insurer’s non-core businesses, as...

  10. March 25, 2014

    RSA kicks off another emergency cash call

    For longstanding investors in Royal and Sun Alliance, it must have seemed like groundhog day. Little more than a decade...

  11. March 25, 2014

    Hester revisits pay pressure as RSA shareholders query bonus plan

    Stephen Hester, the banker dragged into successive pay rows when he led Royal Bank of Scotland, is now facing questions from...

  12. March 7, 2014

    RSA poaches Irish fixer from rival insurer

    Stephen Hester has lured the head of one of RSA’s biggest rivals in Ireland to spearhead the insurer’s attempts to recover...

  13. February 27, 2014

    Sunshine on Leith, dark storm clouds over Edinburgh

    Dr Johnson’s gibe that “the noblest prospect a Scotchman ever sees is the high road to England” is given immediacy by the...

  14. February 27, 2014

    New RSA chief Stephen Hester wastes no time making an impact

    It is results day for Royal Bank of Scotland, and Stephen Hester is unveiling another widespread restructuring plan, along...

  15. February 27, 2014

    RSA: insurance policy

    Investment metaphysics, law 1: risk and reward are eternally linked. For years, the income-hungry shareholders of the...

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    February 27, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE We have a caption competition, to celebrate RBS moving in a (‘nother) new direction....

  17. 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...

  18. February 27, 2014

    RSA launches £775m rights issue and widespread restructuring

    Stephen Hester has pressed the button on a plan to strengthen RSA’s finances by about £1.5bn including one of the biggest...

  19. February 26, 2014

    Hester moves to shore up RSA balance sheet with £1.5bn boost

    Stephen Hester is finalising plans to shore up RSA’s balance sheet by as much as £1.5bn with one of the biggest equity...

  20. February 26, 2014

    The Co-op’s retreat from farms is just the first skirmish

    The Co-operative Group is beating its ploughshares into swords. The beleaguered mutual will sell its farms and use the...

  21. February 23, 2014

    RSA eyes rights issue to shore up balance sheet

    Stephen Hester is looking to raise hundreds of millions of pounds more from RSA’s shareholders than some investors...

  22. February 21, 2014

    RBS strategy likely to bring thaw

    The strategy expected to be announced by Royal Bank of Scotland’s new chief executive Ross McEwan next week could mark the...

  23. February 14, 2014

    RSA’s Stephen Hester eyes £350m placing

    Stephen Hester is sounding out investors to raise as much as £350m for the insurer RSA in an emergency cash call that would...

  24. February 7, 2014

    Week in Review, February 8

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Twitter shares fall amid disappointing...

  25. February 5, 2014

    Hester welcomed back to City

    Stephen Hester may not have needed it, but his ego was given a boost on Wednesday after analysts and investors greeted his...

  26. February 5, 2014

    Financials climb as stocks recover poise

    Europe’s main equities markets overcame initial losses to make gains in early trading, but investors appeared to remain...

  27. February 5, 2014

    Stephen Hester: the Mr Fixit of financial services

    When Stephen Hester stepped down as chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland last September, he did so under a bit of a...

  28. February 4, 2014

    Former RBS chief Stephen Hester to lead RSA

    Stephen Hester, the banker who took on one the most difficult turnrounds in British corporate history as head of Royal Bank...

  29. February 4, 2014

    Stephen Hester aims to come up roses in new role at RSA Insurance

    The hobby of Stephen Hester – landscape gardening – has parallels with his new job as chief executive of RSA Insurance. The...

  30. November 18, 2013

    Royal Bank of Scotland in talks to sell portfolio to BNP Paribas

    Royal Bank of Scotland is in exclusive talks to sell its structured retail investor products and equity derivatives business...

  31. November 12, 2013

    RBS attempts a fresh start on small business lending

    Having turned away three-in four-prospective business customers during the financial crisis, Royal Bank of Scotland has hit...

  32. November 7, 2013

    RBS to name Cullinan head of ‘bad bank’

    Royal Bank of Scotland is poised to announce that it has persuaded Rory Cullinan, the head of its now defunct “non-core”...

  33. November 1, 2013

    How Osborne fought off advice to split RBS

    George Osborne had two objectives when it came to rebooting the Royal Bank of Scotland: getting the bank lending and...

  34. September 27, 2013

    New RBS chief Ross McEwan to confront long list of challenges

    When the board of Royal Bank of Scotland held a dinner last week to send outgoing boss Stephen Hester on his way and welcome...

  35. August 2, 2013

    Week in Review, August 3

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Corporate person in the news: Ross...

  36. August 1, 2013

    McEwan faces RBS’s existential questions

    Royal Bank of Scotland has had a bumpy few years. Ever since its foolhardy 2007 takeover of ABN Amro’s core investment...

  37. July 31, 2013

    RBS selects McEwan as new chief

    Royal Bank of Scotland is in late-stage discussions with regulators at the Bank of England to appoint insider Ross McEwan as...

  38. July 24, 2013

    Data sharing would help to neutralise the cyber threat

    The threat of computer hacking is one of the critical business issues of our age. A shadowy army of geeks probes corporate...

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