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Shredded: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain [Format Kindle]

Ian Fraser

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‘The definitive account of the Royal Bank of Scotland fiasco. It’s an engaging, if in some ways infuriating, tale of how self-serving bank executives systematically broke the rules, lent with astonishing recklessness, abused customers and got suckered by Wall Street – before ultimately dumping their mess on taxpayers. Fraser doesn’t just point the finger at Royal’s clueless bankers. He also expertly chronicles the role of misguided regulations, captured supervisors and deluded politicians in fuelling this catastrophe.’ – Yves Smith, founder of Naked Capitalism and author of econned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism ‘This book should be posted through the letterbox of every taxpayer in Britain.’ – David Mellor, former chief secretary to the Treasury and secretary of state for National Heritage ‘Ian Fraser has spotted stories, uncovered scandals and written about them in a detailed and accessible way that leaves many other financial journalists in the dust.’ – Eamonn O’Neill, director of the MSc course in investigative journalism at the University of Strathclyde At its zenith, the Royal Bank of Scotland was the world’s biggest bank. It had assets of $3 trillion, employed over 200,000 people, had branches on every high street and was admired and trusted by millions of borrowers and investors. Now the mere mention of its name causes anger and resentment, and its former CEO, Fred Goodwin, is reviled as one of the architects of the worst financial crisis since 1929. In Shredded, Ian Fraser lifts the lid on the catastrophic mistakes that led the bank to the brink of collapse, scrutinizing the role played by RBS’s directors, who failed to check Goodwin’s hubris, the colleagues who were overawed by his despotic leadership style, the politicians who created a regulatory free-for-all in which banks went virtually unsupervised, and the investors who egged Goodwin on. As more and more toxic details emerge about the bank’s pre- and post-bailout misconduct, which stretches from the ruination of numerous small businesses in the UK and Ireland to the criminal fiddling of Yen Libor, and from the alleged manipulation of global foreign-exchange markets to the wholesale ‘mis-selling’ of US mortgage bonds, Ian Fraser examines what the future holds for RBS and whether it can ever regain the public’s trust.

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  • Editeur : Birlinn (5 juin 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A strong read of RBSs downfall - easy to experience the ride 19 août 2014
Par Mr Gavin Palmer - Publié sur
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Tells all the golden nuggets and the bringing together of a such a fiasco. Huge researched details (you only have to read the number of references). Its a pity some of the angles politically eg the Scottish Labour partys support and then highly like protection of "their RBS" was not covered so much. IMHO RBS were hand in glove with their political masters next door like Gordon Brown in the next door constituency in Gogarburn plus Darling and Blair allowing a rigged, protective shield. Even included the British Bankers Association for a long time (until they realised that this Scottish bank was ruining Londons banking reputation) , the captive regulators told to keep off by politicos and the 'light touch' excuse. Also Lloyds the AAA rated bank had the regulators sent in whilst RBS further down seemed immune from investigation despite needing it more.
More on the auditing accountants Deloitte KPMG that bent like willow branches to deceive the poor shareholders instead of resisting the manipulation like oaks. Another betrayal of the checks and balances of banking finance that was failed. Also little mention of the Enterprise Act that allowed Labour to do the first prepack that almost stole Railtrack from its shareholders for nothing and thus opened the flood gates to savage the rest of the country small medium and large businesses. The wolf of RBS clothing itself in the soft sheepskin of Natwest assets and reputation. A good bit on RBS blackmailing the UK Govt in order to get their bonuses would of been nice too! Controlling 40% of small business accounts swinging the UK economy and the big swing factor of businesses investing in big projects would of been good too.
However its a very worthwhile read and I liked it well written as journalists do. Thank you
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inside of a bank it's pure greed 27 décembre 2014
Par Hande Z - Publié sur
Investment banking and investment bankers are the darlings of modern banking industry. Ian Fraser reveals in this enthralling book that there is nothing really to envy - the men at the top of the banking business do not understand investment banking; at least, not the dangers that come with poor risk management. Unfortunately, poor risk management comes with greed and ignorance. So when the bubbles are forming everyone enjoys a super high income and status. But bubbles inevitably burst.

This book focuses on the way the three men who run the Royal Bank of Scotland ('the Bank') as its CEO in succession - Fred Goodwin, Stephen Hester, and Ross McEwan. The bulk of the story concerns Goodwin who was the principal villain; a megalomaniac who spends the Bank's money to satisfy his personal idiosyncrasy. He bullies his subordinates and hides crucial truth from the investors and regulators - that the Bank was not dabbling in subprime mortgages when it was steeped in it.

Goodwin's craving for acquisitions and the men (like Larry Fish) who helped him acquire them for the Bank made no proper due diligence of the banks that they gobbled up for the Bank on both sides of the Atlantic. Essentially, they 'overpaid for rubbish'. The board was kept in the dark in many things that Goodwin did. The result was that there were no internal checks on the way he ran the Bank. Could this really happen to a major bank? The answer is clearly yes. The details in this book sound too horrendous to be true, but in the end, all eyes were opened when the bubble burst.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An eye-opener 18 septembre 2014
Par Mr Hugh A Ruffell - Publié sur
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As a recently retired banker in Australia involved in inter-bank dealings with RBS and other European and American banks before, during and after the crisis I found this book fascinating and hard to put down. It was an eye-opener!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a must read 5 août 2014
Par Guy LaBossiere - Publié sur
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Anyone who uses a bank should read this book. It should also be introduced into the public schools.
The corruption and greed is unbelievable
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 26 février 2015
Par Russell2256 - Publié sur
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Great job. Fast shipping.
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