RBS to be hit by multi-billion-pound charge for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities


A formal announcement expected to come this week (Source: Getty)

RBS is set to be hit by a new multi-billion-pound charge for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities. 

A formal statement confirming the charge could come as soon as today with RBS directors expected to discuss the move in a board meeting this week. 

The charge could be between $3bn (£2.4bn) and $4bn, sources told Sky News last night. 

The state-owned bank has reportedly set billions of dollars aside to settle a fine with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

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The head of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), which looks after the taxpayer's stake in the bank, told MPs last year that it could be anything up to $12bn.

Last month, the DoJ sued Barclays and two of its executives over alleged fraud issuing mortgage-backed securities during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse reached a $7.2bn and $5.28bn settlement respectively as part of the same probe