Our biggest stories of the week are …
We've had a lot of dialogue about interoperability and the difficulties of getting all the pipes and plumbing of payments to work together. The real question is whether payments processors are meeting the challenges of the world of 2011? To find out, we are launching a survey to see what readers think of SWIFT, EBA, Fedwire and other clearing systems. To join in, click: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P5KN6V3
I was involved in a tweminar yesterday organised by Karen Hsu of Informatica, and in conversation with Nancy Atkinson of Aite Group. This conversation was all about payments and specifically SEPA, ISO20022, interoperability and more, which should prove quite interesting for those who like everything payments focused.
I just met Josh Ryan-Collins, a thoughtful chap who works with the New Economics Foundation. Josh shared this chart with me which shows the state of UK bank debt, and it’s pretty frightening stuff.
Originally a song by Woody Guthrie, this cover version by Wilco is darned good … and the lyrics are pretty interesting too.
Ever since I got my iPhone, I’ve been hopelessly devoted to Angry Birds, along with about 75 million other people. 75 million! That’s 75 million playing a game on their smartphone. That’s more than the whole population of Britain all playing Angry Birds. So what's that got to do with banking?
Yesterday I joined the excellent Digital Money Forum run by FSClub speaker and friend Dave Birch. Halfway through the meeting, someone asked the question: "Does currency shape societies or do societies shape currencies?" It's a classic chicken and egg question. So what's the answer?
Sure we know what competition is. Competition is when someone threatens to take your business away from you. So how does competition work in banking? I’ve blogged sometimes that it doesn’t, but there is competition in banking.
The major general news stories of the week include …
The UK's probe into Gaddafi's wealth has only just started
The MBNA bank has been accused by a judge of "torturing" a customer with repeated phone calls demanding he repay his credit card.
Lloyds Banking Group's new chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio has launched a strategic review at the state-backed bank and accelerated the forced sale of 600 of its UK branches.
Why can't the banks eliminate fraud?
Until civil insider trading charges were filed against Rajat Gupta, he was regarded as one of the great success stories at McKinsey, the elite management consultancy
A new Deloitte Research study, Cell me the money: Unlocking the value in the mobile payment ecosystem, examines the challenges and benefits of mobile commerce in the United States. The report is based on a survey of senior executives from the mobile payment value chain. Survey results shed light on
The FSA has warned it could stamp down on the proliferation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) if more is not done to inform consumers of the risks of investing in them.
Anders Bouvin is not your average bank boss. For a start, the UK chief executive of Sweden's Handelsbanken does not take a bonus. Ever.
A much worse than expected result from its Irish bank knocked the shine off Royal Bank of Scotland's results on Thursday and disappointed the stock market. However, taxpayers, the company's main owners, should be happy enough.
The expectation is that come the Lloyds half-year results this summer, Lloyds' new chief executive will be ready to serve up some tough medicine for the bank.
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