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Reasons to reject the euro

MErkel Cameron

There’s still lots of debate about the euro and Eurozone, with Greece imploding and now Italy et al all going up the Furka Pass, so to speak. Now I’ve been purposefully avoiding getting into the fray, as it’s not my place, although I’m quite outspoken in media outlets about such …

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Things worth reading: 21st November 2011

Things we're reading today include … Virgin Money sees no loss to taxpayer from N Rock dealThe Telegraph Wilbur Ross eyes a profit from British anger at banks The Telegraph George Osborne reveals Northern Rock sale forced on him by secret Labour agreement with Brussels The Telegraph   Deadline looms …

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The Future of Business

Speech given on 18th November 2011 on the Future of Business based upon the impact of the Information Revolution. Video and slideware accessible: here to watch in Silverlight; or here for general media access.  

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Innovation in Banking and … books?

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I took place in an interesting webinar recently with James Gardner, author of "Innovation and the Future Proof Bank";  Gijsbert Koren, author of "Crowdfunding – The New Investing"; and Rhydian Lewis, CEO of RateSetter. The focus was around innovation and P2P financial markets, and …

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Things worth reading: 18th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … The European Central Bank: Brink thinkThe Economist Fitch: US banks face risk of contagion from euro crisisThe Telegraph IMF director for Europe resignsBBC Hedge funds and deleveraging: Waiting to turn trash into treasureThe Economist   Northern Rock bank sold to VirginBBC Northern Rock sold …

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Long versus Short is like Good versus Evil

Tallow Hall

I was honoured to be the guest speaker for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists at their Quarterly Lunch yesterday.  The lunch was held at the Tallow Chandlers' Halls in the City … … although the technologists are not candlestick makers, they know where to have a party. Anyways, in …

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Things worth reading: 16th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … Google Checkout is Transitioning to Google WalletPayments News Visa Digital Wallet To Be Named "V.me" Payments News Chance of cheque guarantee returnBBC   London Stock Exchange profits jump on clearing businessThe Telegraph Lending to Italian banks boosts LSE profits by 79pc The Telegraph LSE: strategy …

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A Hugh MacLeod, Gaping Void special

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At this year's SIBOS, the cartoonist Hugh MacLeod appeared etching and sketching. Hugh is a humourous guy who runs the website Gaping Void that gets over two million unique visitors monthly. I was lucky enough to have Hugh produce a work of humour for the Financial Services Club and the …

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Things worth reading: 16th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … London protesters defiant as Wall Street is clearedThe Telegraph Greece Keeping Euro Is Only Choice: PapademosBusiness Week IMF says Chinese banks face risksBBC Obama tells China: boost yuan or face consequencesThe Independent EU targets credit rating agenciesBBC EC's Barnier forced to put off credit …

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Get Shorty! Andrew Haldane speech

Andy Haldane

Last night was the occasion of the Sir John Gresham annual lecture. This year it was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf with the keynote speaker being Andrew Haldane, or Andy as is the preference,  Executive Director for Financial Stability with the Bank of England. Andy is …

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Things worth reading: 15th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … Former UBS chief challenges regulator over £100,000 fineThe Telegraph UBS appoints Sergio Ermotti as chief executiveThe Telegraph Deutsche Bank boss reign to end BBC UniCredit to axe over 6,000 jobs following €10.6bn lossThe Telegraph Buffett buys $10.7bn stake in IBMBBC    Banks behind on …

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The Bible says bankers’ bonuses are OK …

I was listening to a sermon yesterday. The sermon quoted a lengthy section of the Gospel according to Matthew, where three servants are given their master’s wealth to look after whilst he is on travels. Two of the servants increase their master’s wealth, whilst one digs a hole and buries …

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Things worth reading: 14th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … Blair warns of euro 'catastrophe'BBC Will the ECB save the eurozone?BBC Moody's attacks EU plans to overhaul ratings regulationThe Telegraph Apocalypse now? – The nightmare scenario for the eurozoneThe Independent Italy imposes ban on naked short selling Financial Times   Lloyds shareholders demand update on …

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Things worth reading: 14th November 2011

Things we're reading today include … Blair warns of euro 'catastrophe'BBC Will the ECB save the eurozone?BBC Moody's attacks EU plans to overhaul ratings regulationThe Telegraph Apocalypse now? – The nightmare scenario for the eurozoneThe Independent Italy imposes ban on naked short selling Financial Times   Lloyds shareholders demand update on …

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