The Result of Lloyds Buying HBOS

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Whet, Jul 31, 2010.

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  1. Lloyds today announce a pre tax profit of £3.9 billion, which (to quote their press release) is "the highest that we have ever recorded". This due in no small part due to their purchase of HBOS.

    There is a subtext to this story, 41% is owned by the government. 41% of the divedend will go to the government. That's if Lloyds don't use the profits to pay back some of the money they owe.
  2. Can you elaborlate, who, apart from 'the government', do they owe money to. I bet some high paid finacial director had to work rea zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    Sorry I suffer from a bullshit finder disorder.
    Still, it could be worse, perhaps whoever you are casting the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune at
    or misfortune in your case, perhaps they will champion you. Personally my thoughts are my own, but after eleven years on the sick, you and your tribe epitomise everything wrong with the country that was formerly known as 'Great Britain'

  3. So this is a good thing then because you don't ignore the majority shareholder so the money will go back to the Government.

    If you've got a point to make why don't you make it?
  4. I thought I had MiT

    If the government gets its money back from Lloyds then all to the good, if the government gets its share of the dividend then all to the good. Even if the government is Tory in all but name.

    It shows that Cable was right to push the last lot into bailing out the bank.

    Incidentally, if, in April, the government had sold its shares in the banks it would have made £9 billion in profit. If it sold them now the profits would be even higher.
  5. That would be the same HBOS which was a total ruin, before Brown persuaded Lloyds to buy it, and he would turn a blind eye to the monopolies issue..... The HBOS that turned Lloyds (a bank that was in no danger of collapse) into a basket case that needed a government bailout to keep it going. Lloyds ended up with 41% taxpayer ownership because of the advice of the then PM.
  6. In easy chunks.

    Bank of Scotland was: an excellent smallish bank, secure and well run.
    Halifax BS was: an enormous 'lump' with a management that had ambitions beyond their competence.

    Somehow, a wicked fairy persuaded BoS to 'marry' HBS. The result being the near destruction of BoS.

    Enter, stage left, a semi-numerate, socially and economically inept oaf.

    Said oaf persuades the elderly chairman of Lloyds TSB to 'buy' the unhappily married couple HBoS.

    Old fool complies and all but ruins his bank into the bargain.

    Oaf voted out of office, but hangs around No. 10 in case his left wing ally Vince 'Hindsight Rules' Cable can save him.

    Oaf only acted if 'Scottish' or 'Northern' is part of the background of the shambolic organisation he determines to 'save' - fat lot of good it did him as he is now an unlamented footnote to modern history - a failure in every way imaginable.


    Chapter 2 will relate to the Royal Bank of Scotland (failed)
    Chapter 3 will relate to Northern Rock (failed)
    Chapter 4 will relate to Bradford & Bingley (failed)
    Chapter 5 will relate to oaf's reaction to a 'southern' organisation failing
    Chapter 6 will related to the dreadful mess the aforesaid oaf made of the entire financial system in GB.
  7. Again, the shares are held on behalf of the British People. A Government is there to see to the long-term good of the People it is not there for short term share dealing for quick profit nor, indeed, for gold speculating.
  8. Whet,

    You will never cease to amaze me at to the extent of your delusion and ignorance of every subject you elect to post and comment upon.
  9. Gosh - another publlic owned bank makes a profit.

    Now, what is this 'coalition' government going to spend its money on? defence? *rolls eyes*
  10. Would you rather the banks made a horrendous loss and needed bailing out again? Each positive event takes us nearer to the day when we become in an economically sound position. Ready for the next Labour Government to plunge us back into the mire.
  11. This thread is just a lame attempt by a rather bitter and spurned whannabe pol to imply that Gordon Brown really was a financial genious and not the financial mong he seems to be.

    Coming next: Vince Cable is going to kill the first born.
  12. Hmmmmmm

    How to misrepresent a view in one easy leasson.

    Brown, screwed up with the banks. Cable was telling him so for years, told Darling what to do and lo and behold, Brown did it.

    Cable is the genius of the resession.
  13. Rubbish, in large part our banking crisis was triggered by Browns mong handling of Northern Cockup. If he had let it go bust things would have blown over without spending gazzilions.

    Of course Brown bailing out Northern Cockup had nothing to do with it's rather 'interesting' property portfolio and the fact Labour luminaries had mortgages with them.
  14. Whet the amount of 'profit' the government stands to make on the ownership of these banks is NOTHING compared to the costs of the interest payments on the loans taken out to prop them up.

    Dont be a ****ing idiot please.

    You do realise where these huge profits have come from as well I hope?
  15. Of course it would. People wouldn't have gone on to cause a run on other banks - especially when the massive losses were announced.

    Browns cockup had nothing to do with Northern Rock as an independent bank, but in his failure to regulate hard enough.