Our biggest stories of the week are …
A summary of research on mobile banking and payments conducted in the USA by Deloitte; the UK by PayPal and Forrester; and globally by First Data.
There’s been this thing called a Tobin Tax mooted for a while now. Before we get into the whole thing, what is the Tobin Tax? “A Tobin tax, suggested by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin, was originally defined as a…
Another lengthy chat about the speed, or lack of speed, in banking innovations. Right now we’re seeing this massive change in the end user devices for payments and access, with every mobile telephone on the planet becoming a contactless point…
I felt vaguely irritated today when an analyst from a major research firm was asked to position why NFC contactless payments haven’t taken off. He said they had analysed the worldwide global market for mobile payments, the demographics of takeup,…
It’s 31st October and you know what that means? Halloween. Ghouls, ghosts and ghoulies abound. And yes, you find plenty of them in the financial system. First, there’s those fiendish Zombie Bankers: These are so popular, there’s even a movie…
The major general news stories of the week include …
Concern about Greek lenders are spreading beyond the country, say Greeks whose credit cards, issued in Athens, are being rejected abroad
Dr Rowan Williams backs it, but what exactly is a Tobin tax?
The turnaround of Lloyds bank has been thrown into turmoil after António Horta-Osório, the state-backed lender's chief executive, was forced to take a leave of absence due to 'extreme fatigue' after only months in the job.
The historical portraits that appear on our banknotes
Stephen Hester, the chief executive of state-backed lender Royal Bank of Scotland, has reignited the row over bankers' bonuses, saying they were 'not the font of all evils'.
Banks' focus on measuring their performance in terms of return on equity has wrought the financial system, according to a senior former banker now sitting on the Bank of England's new Financial Policy Committee.
Pink Floyd can be a bit of a yawn. But they did come up with a little ditty about the chief executive of Barclays Bank – Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
City analysts turned on Barclays, accusing it of attempting to present an overly positive picture of its third-quarter performance.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told French banks they must stop paying big bonuses and dividends.
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