Chancellor George Osborne has announced the government is set to sell its stake in RBS.
"Now is the time for RBS to rebuild itself as a commercial bank, no longer reliant on the state but serving the working people of Britain," the chancellor says.
The move will likely end up costing the taxpayer around £7 billion, which has not won him any favours with the public.
So why sell now? This video looks at the potential factors behind his decision.