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Things worth reading: 21st December 2011

Things we're reading today include … RBS May Consider U.S. Citizens Unit SaleBusiness Week RBS tries to calm staff anxiety over business revampThe Telegraph Christmas in prison for Kweku Adoboli on £1.4bn UBS fraud chargesThe Telegraph Cost of bank reforms 'will be borne by customers'The Independent Banks to scrap some …

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How The City Developed, Part Eleven: World Wars

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By the late 1800s, London had become the financial centre of the world thanks to the expansionist colonisation of the 1700s and industrialist consolidation of the Victorians. The City of London now had strong links to rapidly expanding bank markets around the world, particularly in the USA where the Industrial …

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How The City Developed, Part Eleven: World Wars

Tank_image4

By the late 1800s, London had become the financial centre of the world thanks to the expansionist colonisation of the 1700s and industrialist consolidation of the Victorians. The City of London now had strong links to rapidly expanding bank markets around the world, particularly in the USA where the Industrial …

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Things worth reading: 20th December 2011

Things we're reading today include … Osborne confirms new bank rulesBBC George Osborne to implement full banking measures: what the analysts saidThe Telegraph ICB report: the key recommendationsThe Telegraph George Osborne urged to rethink reformsThe Telegraph Finance Bill 'needs clarifying'BBC UK banks: concessions may be too littleFinancial Times Banks face …

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Things worth reading: 20th December 2011

Things we're reading today include … Osborne confirms new bank rulesBBC George Osborne to implement full banking measures: what the analysts saidThe Telegraph ICB report: the key recommendationsThe Telegraph George Osborne urged to rethink reformsThe Telegraph Finance Bill 'needs clarifying'BBC UK banks: concessions may be too littleFinancial Times Banks face …

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“Show me the money!” Sure, I’ll show you your losses

You can sense an audience’s reaction as you present ideas on innovation. Sometimes its warm and engaging, sometimes distant and thoughtful, and occasionally remote and cynical. I experienced all three reactions last week when presenting at a bank’s annual leadership conference, with the third being the reaction I like the …

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“Show me the money!” Sure, I’ll show you your losses

You can sense an audience’s reaction as you present ideas on innovation. Sometimes its warm and engaging, sometimes distant and thoughtful, and occasionally remote and cynical. I experienced all three reactions last week when presenting at a bank’s annual leadership conference, with the third being the reaction I like the …

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How The City Developed, Part Ten: The Victorians

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The Victorian years saw a period of massive expansion, both in terms of Empire consolidation and industrialisation as the railway revolution led to revolutions in much more. People could now travel between cities, moving goods and services rapidly by steam train to ports and across continents. The world was becoming …

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How The City Developed, Part Ten: The Victorians

800px-Victoria_Memoria,_Kolkata

The Victorian years saw a period of massive expansion, both in terms of Empire consolidation and industrialisation as the railway revolution led to revolutions in much more. People could now travel between cities, moving goods and services rapidly by steam train to ports and across continents. The world was becoming …

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Things worth reading: 19th December 2011

Things we're reading today include … RBS planning closure of half of its investment armThe Telegraph NBNK accuses Lloyds of 'stitch up' over saleThe Telegraph National Audit Office to probe Northern Rock saleThe Independent Solution beyond reach, says rating agencyThe Independent PwC is investigated over its auditing of Barclays CapitalThe …

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Things worth reading: 19th December 2011

Things we're reading today include … RBS planning closure of half of its investment armThe Telegraph NBNK accuses Lloyds of 'stitch up' over saleThe Telegraph National Audit Office to probe Northern Rock saleThe Independent Solution beyond reach, says rating agencyThe Independent PwC is investigated over its auditing of Barclays CapitalThe …

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How The City Developed, Part Nine: The 1700s

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By the early 1700s, London had established the basic mechanisms of modern finance – a central bank with the ability to stabilise monetary policy; a stock exchange to enable financing of industry and commerce; and an insurance marketplace to cover risks in business. These capabilities were not unique however.  As …

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How The City Developed, Part Nine: The 1700s

Slave trade

By the early 1700s, London had established the basic mechanisms of modern finance – a central bank with the ability to stabilise monetary policy; a stock exchange to enable financing of industry and commerce; and an insurance marketplace to cover risks in business. These capabilities were not unique however.  As …

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