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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Stench of Corruption and Greed Overwhelms Britain's Financial Services Industry

Britain's tarnished financial services industry and banking sector seems intent on bringing about its own self destruction. Over the years there has been a litany of scandals eg:

- endowment mis-selling
- subprime mortgages
- PPI mis-selling
- LIBOR fraud
- NatWest computer meltdown
- Northern Rock, RBS etc etc to name but a few

However, it seems that the industry is determined to add to its list of self inflicted shame and dishonour. Step forward the usual suspects ie; Barclays (a familiar name), HSBC, Lloyds and RBS which have all admitted to mis-selling interest rate hedges to small and medium sized business customers.

Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland have all agreed to immediately halt the sale of complex interest rate hedges to smaller businesses and have pledged to compensate potentially thousands of customers who have been screwed by them.

According to the Telegraph the FSA is of the view that about 28,000 businesses had been sold interest rate hedges.

Another nail in the coffin of the tarnished reputation of the UK's financial services industry.

The financial services industry is now fully immersed in its own self created shit, and quite clearly is on the verge of implosion.

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