RBS

RBS are doling out £775 million to their competitors. This is a genius move

9 January 2019 16:44

The European Commission likes playing hard ball. Back in 2009 it decided that a bloated RBS had to sell off…

Let’s hope RBS emerges as something worth owning shares in

7 June 2018 19:05

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

It’s rural customers and the elderly who will be most affected by RBS’s latest closures

4 December 2017 17:22

On Friday, RBS announced plans to close 259 of its bank branches. That’s a quarter of its outposts. 62 of…

Ten years after the banking crisis, the unfairness still stings

9 September 2017 9:30

Arguably it was Robert Peston’s breathless reporting of trouble at Northern Rock on the evening of 13 September 2007 that…

Money digest: ‘Marmite gate’ and Germany’s tougher stance on Brexit

18 November 2016 9:52

One and a half million households, many of them poor families or pensioners, are not on the correct energy tariff…

Want to cut top pay, Mrs May? Start with the bank you own

10 August 2016 13:43

Theresa May sent a strong message to the corporate world when she criticised the ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap’ between…

My top tip for predicting whether a business is doomed

8 May 2016 8:40

It’s a useful rule of thumb that any business which reduces its name to its initials is heading for trouble.…

Forget China or oil prices. This crash was made in America

15 January 2016 16:25

If anyone is feeling pleased about the slide on the stock-market today, it is probably Andrew Roberts, the RBS analyst…

The author of the RBS ‘sell everything’ note has been predicting disaster for the last five years

13 January 2016 17:52

Should we sell everything because Andrew Roberts (not the historian but an analyst at RBS) tells us to in the…

‘Sell everything’ – here’s the incendiary RBS warning on deflation, risk and the next crash

12 January 2016 16:27

The advice of Andrew Roberts, head of European Economics at RBS, has today gone around the world: its time to sell,…

Standard Life becomes the latest firm to bully Scotland. But is it bluffing?

27 February 2014 12:07

No-one should be surprised that Standard Life has warned it might leave Scotland should the country vote for independence later…

Making it Happen: the staggering story of the RBS downfall

28 September 2013 21:33

For political junkies, autumn is bringing a fix of three big books. Damian McBride’s expose of Gordon Brown has come…

A book Fred will want to shred

12 September 2013 14:03

Michael Gove and Ed Vaizey were leading the government’s representation at the launch party last night for Iain Martin’s book…

The View from 22: the end of political parties, RBS and Lib Dem conference preview

12 September 2013 8:37

Have political parties had their day? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Ross Clark and Fraser Nelson debate whether…

Another ‘New Colonial’ scales the British establishment

2 August 2013 8:22

A couple of weeks ago, the Spectator ran a cover feature on the number of Australian, Kiwi, South African and…

Stephen Hester’s departure: who would want the RBS job?

12 June 2013 18:14

I do not envy the search committee tasked with finding a new CEO for RBS after Stephen Hester’s departure. The…

Ed Balls tries to shake off child in a sweetshop spending image

27 May 2013 10:01

Anyone reading Sam Coates’ interview with Ed Balls in today’s Times might be forgiven for chucking their newspaper on the…

The Treasury Select Committee criticised the FSA's oversight of RBS. Picture: Getty

Selling RBS

16 February 2013 15:17

The state owning banks is not a good thing. It is, as the annual row over bonuses at RBS demonstrates,…

The Treasury Select Committee criticised the FSA's oversight of RBS. Picture: Getty

MPs slam FSA’s ‘serious misjudgement’ on RBS

19 October 2012 8:27

The Treasury Select Committee has published a stinging report this morning on the failings of the Financial Services Authority’s oversight…

Greg Clark told the Financial Times he had seen 'encouraging signs' in the City of London. Picture: Press Association

Cleaning up the City cesspit

17 October 2012 8:58

Good news from the City is something to cherish at the moment, and today RBS has confirmed that it will…