Depois do escândalo que envolveu o Northern Rock no Outono, agora é a vez do Royal Bank of Scotland anunciar dificuldades. Depois da compra da ABN-Ambro, o banco perdeu liquidez e apresenta resultados preocupantes. Tão preocupantes, que terá de ir à banca. E não vai pedir trocos, estando previsto que a verba a emprestar ao banco para assegurar a sua solvência se cifre entre os 15 e 18 milhares de milhões de Euros. Mais um grande banco em dificuldades.
“At issue is Royal Bank’s “core capital”—a cushion composed mainly of shareholders’ money that regulators insist banks hold against bad times—which stands at about 4.5% of risk-weighted assets. This is the lowest of any big British bank and well below the 6% that most banks consider a reasonable minimum level. For Sir Fred Goodwin, the chief executive of Royal Bank, the prospect of having to go cap in hand to shareholders for a bailout would be a deep humiliation and many believe that Sir Fred’s head may well be the price that shareholders demand in exchange for supporting a share issue that may dilute their existing holdings by as much as 50%. If that is the case it would mark the end of a career that was marked by both brilliance and hubris.”
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