Our biggest stories of the past week are …
you believe in NFC? I ‘ve been talking about contactless for years now –
I remember talking about the Octopus card system about ten years ago after it
launched in Hong Kong in 1997 – and still find it surprising how invisible it
is the alternative to LIBOR?
the LIBOR debacle and the money laundering affairs of Standard Chartered and
HSBC, the UK’s banks reputation are in the toilet. Now we have to rebuild, and
this is where it gets interesting and challenging. After claiming that the…
impact of mobile: bigger than you think?
This week’s TIME Magazine has a spread all about how mobile technologies are
changing our world. There are stories of how it’s changing elections, charity,
privacy and more, as well as getting rid of our wallets of course. The
a nation of whiners (except during the Olympics)
Which? Magazine stirred up the old debate about free banking yesterday, by
publishing a report which shattered the image of free banking being free. They
asked over 2,000 consumers how they felt about banks and more than 60% of
do we trust?
One of the reoccurring conversations in banking is trust. I’ve blogged about it
many times, and it’s a point that arises in almost every conversation about how
banks prosper. There are two sorts of trust here however. Trust in banks…
The major general news stories of the past week include …
Vader' to head JPMorgan's inquiry into losses by London Whale – The
One of America's most notorious oil
executives has been selected by JPMorgan to lead the internal inquiry into the
$6bn (£3.8bn) of trading losses run up by the so-called London Whale.
The family of a senior partner at Deloitte
has called for answers after he apparently committed suicide days after the
auditing firm was linked to the Standard Chartered Iran dollar trades scandal.
HSBC is willing to "fight to the
death" to prevent British regulators from attempting to force it to stop
paying its dividend in order to preserve capital.
Consumer group Which? says there are large
variations between banks in the cost of "free" current accounts.
As banks are accused of offering
"mythical" free banking, we look at the alternatives.
'spurning banks' – The Independent
The recent spate of banking scandals, such
as Libor fixing, coupled with a lack of trust and chronic low interest rates
mean that savers are turning their backs on traditional high street banks, a
Money takes market share from Big Five banks – The Telegraph
Virgin Money is taking retail market share
from the "Big Five" banks as borrowers shun the traditional high
street lenders following a succession of industry scandals.
Bank of England officials were so concerned
about the potential for a financial crisis late last year they took the
extraordinary step of warning the entire banking system could collapse
How is the UK doing on fixing broken
A guide to the scandals engulfing banking
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