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The Finanser’s Week: 7th February – 13th February 2011

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Our biggest stories of the week are ...

When Irish eyes are crying

In this month's Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis – he of Liar’s Poker and the Big Short fame – analyses the situation in Ireland after the crisis. The title of the lengthy article is: “When Irish eyes are crying” and the article is more a story than an economic thesis. It’s well worth reading.

Why so many PFM demos?

Some people had an issue with the number of personal financial management (PFM) solutions that were presented at Finovate last week. But there's a reason why this area is so hot at the moment and that is because banks are ...

And for my next trick ... a bonus

At a leather-decked boardroom table in the backwaters of Whitehall a group of smart City gentlemen meet with some rather scruffy governmental characters to talk about a deal. For the purposes of this story, we’ll call the smarts Eric, Bob ...

Does SEPA matter?

We had a good meeting of the financial services club this week to debate SEPA, and whether it matters. It was a repeat of last year’s meeting, with Fred Bar of Vocalink and Gary Wright of the SEPA Consultancy putting the case for SEPA opposed by Paul Smee of the Payments Council and Simon Bailey of Logica.

Globalised trading moves a step closer

The news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Canadian Stock Exchange TMX was rapidly followed by an announcement that NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse are also to merge. Equally, we’ve seen the Singapore Exchange SGX trying to acquire...

Monthly MiFID Monitor, January 2011

We are pleased to provide our tenth month of monitoring the MTF performances in European Equities trading, in partnership with Thomson Reuters Equity Market Share Reporter (EMSR).


The major general news stories of the week include ...

RBS Will Be Biggest Loser From U.K.’s Pay Accord, Analysts Say - Business Week

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest government-owned bank, will be the lender worst hit by yesterday’s agreement with the Treasury to curb bonuses and boost lending, analysts said. British taxpayers may end up bearing the cost.

RBS's Stephen Hester and Lloyds' Eric Daniels accept multi-million pound bonuses - The Telegraph

Stephen Hester and Eric Daniels, the chief executives of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group respectively, have both accepted multi-million pound bonuses for 2010.

Banks in Mongolian coal 'gold rush' - Financial Times

Dealmakers from the top investment banks are jetting into Ulan Bator to fight for a role in an extraordinary deal that is set to turbocharge the Mongolian economy

Danish Banks Face Consolidation After Failure - Business Week

Danish banks may face a wave of consolidation after the Feb. 6 insolvency of Amagerbanken, the country’s fifth-biggest listed lender, left some bondholders in the lurch

Santander Bids $5.8 Billion for Polish Bank - Business Week

Banco Santander SA bid 16.6 billion zloty ($5.8 billion) to acquire 100 percent of Bank Zachodni WBK SA, the Polish lender in which it agreed to buy a majority stake from Allied Irish Banks Plc last year.

FSA fines PR consultant £150,000 for insider trades - The Independent

The financial regulator has fined and banned a corporate financier who became a public relations consultant after he used inside information from a company he advised to make a £100,000 profit.

JPMorgan 'ignored Bernard Madoff red flags' - The Telegraph

One of JP Morgan Chase's London operations ignored a series of red flags over fraudster Bernard Madoff, according to a series of allegations made against the bank in a lawsuit.

British banks: Vickers in a twist - The Economist

In a febrile atmosphere, Britain’s banking commission grapples with the country’s giant banks BRITAIN, home of five of the world’s 30 biggest banks by value, once considered itself a laboratory of financial regulation. But the home of light-touch supervision now fancies itself as the abattoir of too-big-to-fail finance. The rest

Millionaire bankers' message to Britain: We're all right, Jack - The Independent

After umpteen calls for restraint by ministers, weighing the public relations impact, and consulting colleagues and advisers, Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond has made his most difficult decision. The multi-millionaire is set to accept a £9m bonus, one of the largest in the world, and will be followed by the

The other D-Day – BBC

When Britain said goodbye to 'pounds, shillings, pence'.


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