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Things worth reading: 16th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Microfinance is driving many Sri Lankan borrowers to despair Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs executives The chilling economic effects of Brexit uncertainty are intensifying Metro top and RBS bottom in banks’ customer ratings Countries most exposed to climate change …

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Things worth reading: 15th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include: Barclays ends partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase BCR awards £10m to Atom bank ECB tells UK banks to speed up staff moves to EU as Brexit looms German economy slips back into negative growth German fintech N26 appeases regulators as …

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Things worth reading: 14th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Danish bank launches world’s first negative interest rate mortgage Apple/Goldman Sachs: pay pals U.S. SEC to consider new guidance on investor use of proxy advisors What comes after Bretton Woods II? U.S. FTC chief says regulator is prepared to …

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Things worth reading: 13th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include … German financial sector ‘expects No Deal’ and wants no more concessions from EU Could devaluation of China’s yuan trigger the next financial crisis? | Larry Elliott Investment bank job cuts are now a one-way street Digital challenger banks stockpile …

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Things worth reading: 9th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include: Investec hit by shareholder protest over auditors Core elements of the global banking industry are moving to India HSBC sticks by US strategy despite missing targets Should we worry about a currency war? The trade war escalates, and the fog …

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Things worth reading: 7th August 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Mastercard buys Nets Group’s unit for $3.2bn Sweden’s Klarna becomes biggest fintech firm in Europe JPMorgan confirms winning bid to take majority stake in China fund JV No-deal Brexit: How might it affect the EU? Some Wall Street workers …

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Eyes wide open

I sat through a soul-destroying meeting the other day. The meeting was with a C-level decision maker in a bank, and we were brainstorming. Ideas were flowing and, at the end of the ideation process, we went to see the C-level person to get his …

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My worst prediction ever

I was asked the other day about my worst prediction ever made. My answer may surprise some, but it was the view that intermediaries would disappear as technology takes over. I made that prediction about independent financial advisors back in the 1990s as call centres …

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