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The Finanser’s Week: 12th July – 18th July 2010

The biggest news stories of the week include …

Tycoon given three-year ban from City – The Telegraph
Brian Myerson to take case to human rights court after Takeover Panel hands down its toughest sanction.

EU victory for George Osborne – The Telegraph
The City is in line for a major boost after European finance ministers agreed to position the new banking super-regulator in London, rather than Frankfurt.

New banks will struggle to compete, says RBS chief – The Independent
The Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive, Stephen Hester, dismissed the chances of a new generation of smaller banks that are poised to enter the market against big banks like his.

Vince Cable backs break-up of big banks – The Times
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has given official backing to recommendations that call for investment banks to be broken up.

Chinese rating agency strips Western nations of AAA status – The Telegraph
China’s leading credit rating agency has stripped the US, UK, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon rivals of ideological bias.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief declared bankrupt – The Guardian
The former head of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, was officially declared bankrupt today.

Bankers’ lack of humility has ushered in a new era of intervention – The Telegraph
Restraint. The meaning of the word is well understood by you and me. It’s understood by private sector workers and, increasingly, public sector workers. But not, it seems, in the City.

HSBC chief warns over plans to break up banks – The Telegraph
The HSBC’s chairman, Stephen Green, has revealed serious concerns about the future strength of the economically vital banking sector which is under threat from a wave of new regulations

And our biggest stories of the week are …

Goldman Sachs and the Great Escape

I spent most of Friday thinking about the news of Goldman Sachs
record $550 million fine from the SEC (here’s the detail of what they were accused of).  It could be
thought of as a big deal …… but it’s not. It’s irrelevant.

Tesco Bank’s CEO talks tech

Tesco Bank chose Fiserv as their supplier and their PR firm sent me
a video of Benny
Higgins – he who was formerly one of Andy Hornby’s executive team at
HBOS – the new CEO of Tesco Bank talking about why he chose them.

EU’s bank stress tests creating more bank stress

It turns out that 91 European banks are to be put through a
‘stress test’ to see how well or badly they will cope with a
shock to the system. The stress test itself was a little unclear until
late last week, when the Committee of European Banking Supervisors
(CEBS) detailed what would happen. As a result, a lot of folks think
it’s a fudge, and the intention of creating more confidence in the
EU’s banking system may actually have achieved the opposite.

Financial News has just announced their 2010 list of the most
influential people in finance. Interesting list.

Yet another blog posting on stats, and this one was inspired by
Wikipedia of all places. I was looking for some stats on High Frequency
(HFT) and Algorithmic trading, and stumbled across a great range of
facts and figures.  For example, the markets are now seeing up to
ten million trade movements PER SECOND in the USA.

A final posting on bank stats, but this time focused upon capital
markets. According to the report from TheCityUK (which I cited a couple
of times last week): Companies raised £83 billion on the London
Stock Exchange in 2009, including…

World Cup in Numbers

I haven’t said much about the World Cup on the Blog, as it’s not
really about banking, but I
was intrigued to see this list of numbers…



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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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