RBS

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The closing date for The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, is Friday 7…

A fanfare for music’s next generation

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer,  are open for entries at www.spectator.co.uk/disruptor. We’re…

Creativity at the cutting edge of science

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, are now open: the entry form is…

Can Hammond’s Budget make business feel better about Brexit?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

Unilever’s botched plan to quit London leaves it open to hostile bids

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Unilever’s abandonment of plans to scrap its Anglo-Dutch corporate structure and leave London is a huge embarrassment for chief executive…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

We should all be glad that Unilever saw off predatory robot Kraft Heinz

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I was sorry Kraft Heinz’s £115 billion bid for Unilever collapsed so fast — unveiled on Friday, it was dead…

Trump vs British banks

4 February 2017 9:00 am

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

Portrait of the week

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Home Paul Nuttall, aged 39, was elected leader of the UK Independence Party. He said: ‘I want to replace the Labour…

Why Philip Hammond should be getting ready to break up RBS

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The new series of The Missing is surely the gloomiest television of the year. But it has nothing on the…

Sorry, but Opec won’t back up this oil-price rise

27 August 2016 9:00 am

How many Olympic medals did Opec win? The answer (though I’ll bet no one else has bothered to work this…

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

13 August 2016 9:00 am

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

Scrapping RBS’s brand is a start. Now break it up

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Royal Bank of Scotland is at last about to dump the ‘RBS’ logotype promoted by its fallen chieftain Fred Goodwin,…

Portrait of the Week

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Home Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, prepared a paper on the four areas of concern between Britain…

RBS’s note from a crashing plane: wild headline grabbing or wise advice?

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Should anyone take investment advice from Royal Bank of Scotland, the institution which so misread markets before the crash that…

The good economic news that we forgot in the China panic

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home from the hot Aegean, huddled by the fire as rain ruins the bank holiday weekend, I’m thinking: what gloom…

Portrait of the week

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Tom Hayes, aged 35, a former City trader who rigged the Libor rates daily for nearly four years while…

This time we really are getting tough on dodgy bankers (just don’t expect it to reach the boardroom)

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Fourteen years is a long stretch. The punishment imposed on former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes for his role…

Won’t someone please unleash the challenger banks?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In my Yorkshire town of Helmsley the NatWest branch, originally an outpost of Beckett & Co of Leeds, has closed…

The return of oil price anxiety is a timely reminder to get fracking

21 June 2014 9:00 am

‘Iraq turmoil sends crude oil prices to nine-month high’ is the sort of headline that used to send shivers down…

Are we killing investment banking? And if we are, should we care?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Do we really mean to kill investment banking, or are we trampling it by accident in a fit of righteous…

When I pick the right share, I shout about it. And here’s what I do when I get it wrong...

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I get it right, I shout about it. And when I get it wrong? Well, just between us…

Portrait of the week

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Home Britain’s gross domestic product grew by 1.9 per cent last year, the most since 2007, according to the Office…

Ed Balls's secret: he doesn't care whether his tax plan makes sense

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

How our company was nearly bullied to death by a desperate RBS

7 December 2013 9:00 am

How one small company was nearly squeezed to death by RBS