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

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Taking the pulse of the payments markets

I’m here at the largest  UK payments jamboree of the year, IPS2010.The conference opened with a lengthy interactive voting session
with the 400-strong audience. Here are the results.  Question
What will have the biggest impact on
transaction banking in 2010?

Taking the pulse of the payments markets (Part

More voting at IPS2010, with some interesting views expressed. The
session opened with three short questions which were quite telling. Question
1: Does the banking industry need to change as a result of the
financial crisis?

Towards Currency Union

I've been studying developments in the Middle East, and
particularly the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is a bit like the EU, and one of its aims is to create a common currency by 2010. Having visited the region regularly for about ten years, this
currency has always been on the agenda. Now, after a decade, it’s still
on the agenda, and that’s about it.  Why?

A few choice regulatory quotes

There was a great panel session at the IPS payments show this week
on the future of regulation.  Here are a few choice quotes: “This
is the G20-isation of regulations”,
Philippe Mongars of the
Banque de France. “By the end of 2010, there will be

Meeting with a mate last night, who happens to be on the inside track
of EU regulatory matters as they relate to Capital Markets, he turned to
me and said: "have you seen CESR's latest?"  Of course I hadn't.  "What are they saying?" I asked.  "Only that dark pools are dead!" he chortled.

Chinese Bank buys majority stake in Citi

OK, I made that up.  Mind you, I made it up in 2006 when I
presented at the BAI Retail Delivery Show and now something similar may be coming true.

We think Basel's liquidity standards are

We have an FSClub Meeting on 16th March 2010 in London with the
theme: This house believes that the Basel Committee on
Banking Supervision's
new liquidity risk monitoring standards are built on sand …

Bankers bonuses in graphics

Money.co.uk just sent me this lovely graphic that
puts the banker bonuses in context quite well …

Is he having a laugh?

Rory Bremner compered
the Private Asset Managers' Awards over the weekend
and cracked a number of good bank jokes.  Asked Bremner: “Anyone here Dutch? Great salesmen, the Dutch. Anyone
that can sell ABN Amro…”


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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, TheFinanser.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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