Our biggest stories of the past week are …
I was asked to give a pre-dinner speech by SAS for a group of Chief Risk Officers (CRO’s) in Amsterdam recently. Here’s the speech. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I wasn’t sure how to start this evening, and decided to…
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We had the final 2012 plenary meeting of the Financial Services Club Clearing & Settlement Working Group (CAS-WG) yesterday. Well attended by industry luminaries, the debate was all about the usual stuff: regulations, standards, risk, issues, frustrations and opportunities. What…
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We had a good debate this week about the future for multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) amongst the card companies. The argument made for change by regulators appears to boil down to that the card operators and issuers are ripping off…
Unsurprisingly, my Friday blog entry got some backlash on twitter and through direct comments on the blog itself. The original blog entry proposed that people do not want transparency, as unbundling costs makes them angrier than if they are bundled …
The major general news stories of the past week include …
The banking industry has not been short of examples of unscrupulous behaviour
in recent years. But Thomas Ammann, the two-timing insider dealer jailed today,
is up there with the best of them.
BBC Panorama meets a former Wall Street investment banker sleeping rough in a
park in Croydon.
Has America got it in for British banks? – The Telegraph
Britain's banks may face more financial and reputational bruises in America
Still time to hold HBOS chiefs to account – Financial Times
Renewed efforts to establish precisely what went wrong and who is to blame are
necessary and to be welcomed, writes Ray Perman
(Reuters) – In February 2008, Mexican authorities told the CEO of HSBC Holdings
Plc's Mexico unit that a local drug lord referred to the bank as the
"place to launder money," U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday, as they
announced a record $1.92 billion settlement with the British bank.
Northern Rock lending blunder lands taxpayers with £270m bill – The Independent
Taxpayers are to fund a £270m “Christmas bonus” for about 152,000 customers of
Northern Rock because of a blunder in which they were not given the right
information about their outstanding loans.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs bankers failed to raise red flags about
Lernout & Hauspie's accounting irregularities more than a decade ago,
costing speech recognition software pioneers at Dragon Systems nearly all of
their life's work and about $600 million, a lawyer told a jury on Monday in
World risks fresh credit bubble, Switzerland's BIS warns – The Telegraph
Asset prices across the world have risen to heady levels not seen since the
credit boom five years ago and may be losing touch with economic reality yet
again, the Bank for International Settlements has warned.
Rise of City 'has cost workers £7,000 a year' says TUC – The Independent
The City's relentless rise has sucked £7,000 a year from the pockets of the
average British worker, a report from the TUC will reveal today.
'Too big to fail' plan outlined by UK and US authorities – The Telegraph
British and US authorities have for the first time outlined a shared plan for
tackling institutions deemed too big to fail, with the aim of sparing the
taxpayer the bill.
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