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The Finanser’s Week: 19th December 2011 – 8th January 2012

"Show me the money!" Sure, I'll show you your losses

You can sense an audience’s reaction as you present ideas on innovation. Sometimes its warm and engaging, sometimes distant and thoughtful, and occasionally remote and cynical. I experienced all three reactions last week when presenting at a bank’s annual …

How The City Developed, Part Ten: The Victorians

The Victorian years saw a period of massive expansion, both in terms of Empire consolidation and industrialisation as the railway revolution led to revolutions in much more.  People could now travel between cities, moving goods and services rapidly by steam train to ports and across continents. The industrialisation of the world had its origins in Britain …

How The City Developed, Part Eleven: World Wars

By the late 1800s, London had become the financial centre of the world thanks to the expansionist colonisation of the 1700s and industrialist consolidation of the Victorians. The City of London now had strong links to rapidly expanding bank markets…

How The City Developed, Part Twelve: After World War II

Britain came out of the Second World War a weaker nation. The economy was in ruins, as was much of Europe’s economies, and it owed $3.5 billion to the USA as a result of a loan in 1946 which was…

How The City Developed, Part Thirteen: The Big Bang     

By the 1970s, the City had re-established its position of prominence thanks to trading in Eurocurrency and the increasing volume of trading in securities, but it lagged behind the rest of the world, particularly New York, due to its very traditional way of operating.  The markets were based upon a structure that was 150 years old,

How The City Developed, Part Fourteen: Crisis

Once the City had been deregulated in 1986, things really started to move.  Trading became more focused, frenetic and competitive, and markets moved millions and then trillions in minutes, instead of the old ways which were days or months. London was now rocking,

Season's greetings and all that …

For the past month, my inbox has been clogged up with Joyeux Noël’s and Feliz Navidad’s and various other festive fodder. Personally, a nice handwritten card works best for me, but the ecard is now becoming the standard so here's my favourites of 2011.

The Top Ten Finanser Posts of 2011

Here are the Top 10 blog posts of the year. It gives a pretty good idea of what's hot in banking 2011 I think … Happy New Year, and lots more on banking in 2012 from next Tuesday.

Happy New Year – dates for the 2012 diary

Here's a quick update on our confirmed events calendar for the Financial Services Club London in 2012, with full details for every meeting at the end of this blog entry. Register for any of the Financial Services Club meetings listed and get discounts on top events like Finovate …

2012: an economic outlook

2012 is here and we all hope it’s better than 2011. Sure, some of you may have had a very good last year, but most thought it pretty dire with job losses, austerity measures, civil uprisings, protests, a second financial…

2012: a banking outlook

Yesterday, we talked about the economic outlook for 2012. What about the banking outlook? Well it’s also challenging, with five clear things happening: Regulatory change will still be high on the agenda Investment banking will get a radical overhaul Clearing…

2012: a bank technology outlook

What’s hot in tech in 2012 is a continuation of what’s hot in tech in 2011: cloud, smartphones, tablet PCs, contactless mobile and more. Rather than just repeating all that again, let’s be more specific: Contactless mobile will reach a… 

 

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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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