£5bn RBS writedown expected
Low estimates of RBS downgrading of its assets this week put at £5bn as banking giant continues to feel credit crunch effects
The Royal Bank of Scotland is bracing itself for a further writedown of at
least £5bn on the value of its assets.
RBS is expected to make an announcement to the City in a trading statement
this week, but the writedown could be as large as £7bn,
This morning, the bank said that it was
selling shares at attractive prices to existing shareholders in a rights
issue, expected to raise £10bn.
The bank has already announced writedowns of about £1.7bn on the value of its
mortgage-backed debt packages, loans to private equity groups and other