Here’s Bob Diamond’s memo, with a few italicized changes to make it seem more sincere…
It has been an incredibly tough period for all of you given the nature and volume of negative comment that has come against Barclays in the past few days as I cling onto my ‘total remuneration package’ and sacrifice my friends whilst hanging [...]
Drugs company GSK has just been fined an astonishing $3 billion by regulators in the US for fraud which Deputy US Attorney General James Cole described as “unprecedented in both size and scope”. GSK marketed drugs for purposes for which they were unapproved, including to children, and failed to report adverse cardiovascular trial safety data. The [...]
Marcus Agius should, and could, have sacked Barclays CEO, Bob Diamond, over the LIBOR scandal, which has destroyed Barclays’ reputation with the public, regulators and governments, particularly in the UK and United States. It has also cost the bank more than a staggering one quarter of a billion pounds (about $450 million) so far, but multi-million [...]
Figures are from Barclays Results Announcements and Annual Reports. This graph doesn’t really require much in the way of commentary, does it? It isn’t hard to see where most of the spare cash Barclays generates is going, and it certainly isn’t to the shareholders who were nearly wiped out in the financial crisis.
Since Legal & General [...]
Here’s a graph showing dividend and share price performance for Barclays shareholders normalised to 2005. Contrast this performance with the pay:income ratio at Barclays Capital, again normalised to 2005. This is not a graph you’ll find in a Barclays annual report or a Bob Diamond presentation.
As an interesting aside, when cantankerous was at business school, half [...]