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The Finanser’s Week: 8th February – 14th February 2010

The biggest news stories of the week include …

 

And our biggest stories of the week are …

OId boys versus the new boyz

Just
been at another fascinating conference on trading and low latency in
the capital markets, and thought you
might be interested in these stats from Karel Lanoo, CEO of CEPS comparing the London Stock Exchange (LSE’s) trading and volumes before and after MiFID. 

How fast is fast? Faster than you think!

One of the excellent presentations delivered at the trading
technologies conference I chaired this week was given by Steve Rubinow,
EVP and CIO at NYSE Euronext.   Steve talked about how most latency
lies in the infrastructure and that the fastest recorded execution
venues are transacting
4,000 events per second … that's fast! But how fast can it go?

Chip & PIN is broken (UPDATE)

As many readers know, I've disliked Chip & PIN pretty much since it was launched, as there are better solutions out there.  Now a group of Cambridge University academics have cracked Chip & PIN and proven it doesn't work.  Or have they?

Robin Hood Tax and naughty Goldman Sachs

If you haven't seen it yet, here's Richard Curtis's short clip with Bill Nighy for the Robin Hood Tax campaign on banks, it's well worth a look. But Goldman Sachs rigging of the vote is definitely underhand.

The Card Awards 2010

I've just received the magazine announcing the winners of this year's Card Awards, and the envelope openings went to …

Davos: the Future of the Global Financial System

Just
found a report from this year’s Davos that explores the forces that are
shaping the future of the financial services landscape in the near
term, and provides recommendations to deal with the most pressing challenges of
the post-crisis world.  You can download the report here.

Mobile delusions

Interesting article in this week’s Marketing Magazine about mobile marketing which breaks open a few myths that even the delusional Finanser believed.

It’s been fascinating to watch the rollercoaster of the finance
industry over the past two years, with no bank providing a better testament to
the market’s ups and downs than the Swiss Bank UBS.  So what did their announcement of $1.1 billion profits mean?

We had a great debate at the FSClub the other day, with the provocative
title: “this house believes that SEPA (the Single Euro Payments
Area) does matter”.  The evening was chaired by Bob Lyddon with Gilbert Lichter, CEO of the Euro Banking
Association (EBA);
Fred Bär, Managing Director for Euro Services at Vocalink; Paul
Smee, Chief Executive of the UK Payments Council; and Simon Bailey of Logica.  Was the vote for or against the motion?

Spot the Bank Ad …

I cannot believe it!  SuperBowl used to be a great American tradition with Visa,
MasterCard and a variety of other financial firms champing at the bit
to get a bit of attention.
Now, in these austere times of banks avoiding advertising, not a
single bank or firm in these markets fezzed up the $3 million for a
30-second slot. According to the Wall Street Journal’s blog, this year’s advertisers were …

 

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About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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