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Loan Ranger: The rabbit in a hat

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Last week was full of surprises, the most entertaining one was hearing that a certain European banker has a penchant for mid-1990s American rap.

The week started with a complaint from StanChart’s Ben Constable that he was lobster-red after a weekend playing golf in the West Country. Actually that one is no surprise, a Brit getting sunburnt on a boozy weekend away... I don’t think that’s the first time that’s happened.

Next, Banca Imi’s Antonio Stochino was reminiscing about the demise of the most excessive pre-crises days of banking. But Stochino told the Ranger he was actually happy to see the back of the some of the wilder antics. A parsimonious banker, now that is rare!

Speaking to Citi’s Paul Gibbs later in the week, the Ranger apologised to Gibbon for having dragged him out to a lunch meeting where he didn’t get to eat because his food arrived too late. Poor Gibbs had to face the Ranger and Silver without so much as a glass of wine or a decent lunch.

But astonishingly the Citi banker was not as traumatised as the Ranger expected, in fact he said: “the time flew by.”

We certainly haven’t heard that one before!

The highlight of the week was a true gem of gossip which cropped up on Friday. The Ranger heard the story of a group of loans bankers attending a conference in Vienna. 

The gaggle found themselves in a karaoke bar late in the evening, when a certain European banker, now at a Japanese institution, stepped up to the microphone and rapped the whole of Skee-Lo’s 1995 hit "I Wish", from memory!

Can anyone guess who is the loan market’s Dr Dre?! Email suggestions to

Lyrics below to jog your memory:

‘I wish I was a little bit taller

I wish I was a baller

I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her

I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat

And a six four Impala’

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