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RBS in 'milestone moment' as it agrees ?3.6bn US fine over subprime lending

Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined $4.9bn (?3.6bn) by the US Justice Department over its role in the subprime crisis.
RBS said it had reached a preliminary deal with the US Justice Department "to resolve its investigation into RBS's issuance and underwriting of US residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007".
It follows a separate fine of $5.5bn agreed in July 2017 with the Federal Housing Finance Agency over the same matter.
Edinburgh-based RBS, which remains 71pc owned by the British government after receiving the world's biggest banking bailout at the height of the subsequent 2008 global financial crisis, described the news as a "milestone".
"Today's announcement is a milestone moment for the bank," said chief executive Ross McEwan.
"Reaching this settlement in principle with the US Department of Justice will, when finalised, allow us to deal with this significant remaining legacy issue and is the price we have to pay for the global ambitions pursued by this bank before the crisis.
RBS in 'milestone moment' as it agrees ?3.6bn US fine over subprime lending

Ross McEwan, RBS boss
"Removing the uncertainty over the scale of this settlement means that the investment case for this bank is much clearer."
The lender added that $3.46bn of the settlement will be covered by existing provisions, while it will take another $1.44bn charge for the second quarter of 2018.
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