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The Finanser’s Week: 24th May – 30th May 2010

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What happens to SEPA and Chi-X if the euro fails?

Last week’s surprising comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that “the euro is in danger” and “if the euro fails, Europe fails” sent shudders across the world’s markets. As I talk to German colleagues, they refer to Greece as the Golden Fleece and everyone knows the Union and the euro are under the most intense strain ever. So what happens if Europe does fall apart and the euro fails and, specifically, what would it mean for SEPA?

Rating agencies and Greece: who's next?

I picked up a copy of Standard &Poor’s publication Credit Week this week and guess what? Page 38 explains and defends the reasons for the Greek downgrade in a one-page article by David T. Beers. It makes for fascinating reading, particularly in light of the fact that the credit rating agencies will come under a new EU regulatory mandate from 1st January 2011. Will Michel Barnier outlaw credit rating agencies from doing another Greek downgrade in the future, I wonder.

When's the next financial crisis and what will cause it?

I spent the morning with a group of futurists debating the long-term outlook for financial markets. The key question I kept asking myself during the conversation is: when will the next financial crisis take place, what will cause it and is it predictable? And yes, we did come up with some ideas ...

Bank histories reflecting our histories

After looking at the future of banking yesterday, it’s time to look
at the history of banking today. Not in depth, that would be dull, but I
recently visited the archives of HSBC that go back to the origins of
the bank in China and beyond. Here are a few of their very human
stories ...

It's not personal, just business

I went to see my bank manager this week to discuss a small
irritation in the business accounts. The irritation is that the branch I deal with is for personal customers only, and yet I'm both a personal and business customer and don't expect to have to visit two different bank branches of the same bank for my services.

Sir Win Bischoff on Banking Reform

Another fun evening at the Financial Services Club the other day with Sir Win Bischoff, Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group. We all wanted to know what was happening with Lloyds Banking Group, I’m sure, but the evening was under Chatham House rules so none of that is bloggable. What I will say is that he gave a very good insight into where the industry has come from and is going.

Need money fast?

It's interesting to see the rise in high interest, short term loan
sites.  I blogged about Wonga last year, and now there's Quick Quid.  Here's their advert ...



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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog,, 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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