Our biggest stories of the week are …
America has a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), thanks to the Dodd-Frank reforms. The CFPB is a bit like the FBI, but focused upon money. Who could possibly run the CFPB?
I’ve just started a new theme in my presentations: making the antisocial
bank social. It’s not about using social media, although that comes
into it, but it’s more to do with the fundamental challenge to banks and
banking to become social. In particular, it's how to deal with the
issue of making banking interesting when it's meant to be boring.
Strongbow Cider has just launched a new ad in the UK. The original
advert honours the workers who create value – such as the pork pie
fillers of Melton Mowbray and the sofa deliverymen of the M4 corridor.
The new one is slightly less complementary and is targeted at …
Over the weekend, Umair Haque tweeted the following: '"I'm going to make
you rich. You just have to be my b*tch". A must read (esp for non wall
streeters)'. That is direct quote from a banker at Merrill Lynch in an
article from ProPublica. The article is pretty shocking as it shows
that, after issues hit in subprime markets, several banks inflated their
portfolios through self-dealing on their own desks.
At SWIFT's SIBOS this year, I'm going to be one of the key business
owners of the Innotribe stream focused upon the “Long Now”, a theme I've
blogged about several times before .
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The major general news stories of the week include …
Banks have written off a record amount of credit card debt despite charities reporting a fall in calls from worried borrowers.
The taxpayer stands to make up to £27bn from the emergency bailout of Britain's banks when the Government's stakes in Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are sold, estimates suggest.
Swiss bank defends surprise bonus round for London staff by claiming it had no choice after its compliance with UK pay rules backfired.
When Alistair Darling introduced Labour's bonus tax in last year's pre-Budget report his intention was clear – he wanted to stop bankers being paid so much.
Former Chancellor admits the 50pc tax on bankers' bonuses he introduced failed to change City's attitude to pay.
The disappearance of the City's big bonuses will have nothing to do with public disdain or even legislative pressure.
A group of Britain's leading companies is to demand that the Government scraps proposals to break-up Britain's banks.
The number of highly paid staff at the Financial Services Authority has trebled in the past four years as the regulator recruited more people with extensive industry or legal experience, according to new figures obtained by the Financial Times
Matt Ridley, the former chairman of the failed bank, says he is filled with remorse for what happened.
A leading economist has likened the nation's acceptance of free-market capitalism to that of the brainwashed characters in the film The Matrix, unwitting pawns in a fake reality.
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