Few financial institutions, either in the United States or in Europe, encapsulated the excess and largesse of the early to mid 2000's better than the Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS). RBS, which received the world's single largest bank bailout package (valued at £45.5 billion), is now 81.14% owned by the government of the United Kingdom, and it is unlikely that the UK will exit its stake in the short or medium term. With such a track record, and the "overhang" of government ownership, why would any investors willingly purchase shares of RBS? The answer to this question is multifaceted. RBS's management team has been overhauled since the financial crisis, the bank has undertaken a massive restructuring of its...
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