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  • 10 Apr 2014 at 4:27 PM

Bill Gross Wants El-Erian To Say It To His Face

Gross, speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Trish Regan today, said El-Erian’s departure is still a mystery for him and a disappointment for the firm, which manages the world’s biggest bond fund. “I would say, ‘Come on, Mohamed, tell us why’,” Gross said in the interview. [Bloomberg, earlier]

  • 19 Jun 2013 at 6:05 PM

UK Considering Taking An Ax To RBS

The British government is considering breaking up Royal Bank of Scotland Group, the country’s Treasury chief said Wednesday, a potentially radical move that underscores policy makers’ mounting frustration with their inability to arrest a five-year banking crisis. George Osborne, the U.K.’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Treasury “will urgently investigate” the case for splitting RBS—which is 81%-owned by the government following a 2008 bailout—into two separate banks: one housing the lender’s healthy assets and the other containing its hefty pile of troubled loans and securities. “We will see whether it’s right for Britain to, in effect, see RBS broken up,” Mr. Osborne said in his annual speech to London’s financial community, a black-tie affair that has become a regular venue for unveiling major news about government banking policy. [WSJ]

And then decided that sticking with the “worst deal in the history of American finance,” which has cost it $40 billion in cleanup so far, made them at least look like responsible adults, facing the consequences of their actions, rather than deadbeats trying to take the easy way out. Read more »