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The Finanser’s Week: 19th May – 25th May 2014

Our biggest stories of the past week are …

Who let the dogs out?

I was going to use this in my presentations but it’s far too difficult to fit everything in these days, so it’s a blog post instead.  I’ve been asked to research 2035 by a client.  One of the things I stumbled across was this: “Scandinavian scientists develop dog ‘translator’”.

American hypocrisy over bank fines shows parochialism at large

There have been a few major headlines lately about the American fines of banks.  I’ve blogged about some of them like Standard Chartered and HSBC, but the news has recently seen several more major headlines such as Credit Suisse today being fined $2.6 billion for criminally aiding US citizens in tax evasion (watch my interview on Bloomberg if interested).

Bankers: if you can’t jail them, at least you can sue them

I read three interesting commentaries this week about the financial crisis, and it builds upon yesterday’s discussion of Credit Suisse being the first bank for over a decade to admit to criminal wrong-doing in the USA.

Swiss Bank Leaker from HSBC: 'Money Is Easy to Hide'

I wanted to give up talking about bankers being jailed, fined, sued and sanctioned, but during my investigations into background issues over this week's Credit Suisse fine, I stumbled across an article I had missed in Germany's Spiegel that is pretty interesting and crucial reading.

You still want a job in banking?

Talking about job losses in the City reminded me of a comment a colleague made: "if we had delivered on all the headcount savings our bank has been promised from technology change, we would not have any staff in this bank anymore".

 

The major general news stories of the past week include …    

The banker, the strippers and the UBS deal that went sour – The Independent
A UBS banker allegedly hired strippers and went on a luxury safari with consultants advising on intricate swap deals that went sour at the start of the financial crisis.

'Don't call us the bad bank' – BBC
'Don't call us the bad bank'

Lloyds sues RBS for $709 million over rights issue: report – Reuters
(Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group is joining a class-action lawsuit against government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, seeking 420 million pounds ($709 million) over the bank's handling of its 12-billion-pound rights issue, the Herald Scotland newspaper reported.

The story of how a tiny, 'annoying' coin was abolished – BBC
How an 'annoying' coin was abolished

BNP Paribas 'faces $5bn fine' over Iran sanctions – The Telegraph
French bank's shares fall amid reports fine would be biggest ever paid for violating sanctions

JP Morgan executive who jumped from bank's roof 'obsessed with parallel universes and couple's suicide pact' – The Telegraph
Gabriel Magee plunged 500 feet from the firm's Canary Wharf roof after writing "Trying to jump off building. Hate life."

Banking standards body to be set up – BBC
Banks have agreed to report each year on their behaviour and competence under measures set out by former CBI chief Sir Richard Lambert.

Deutsche Bank video warns traders not to be vulgar, indiscreet or brag – The Telegraph
German bank runs out of patience with 'Wolf of Wall Street'-style behaviour

Marks & Spencer new current account to take on the high street banks – The Guardian
Retailer hopes account with no monthly fee, cheap overdrafts and small overseas charges will challenge the main banks

Mobile payments revolution is still to take off – Financial Times
The closure of a high-profile app launched by Twitter’s co-founder suggests too few people are prepared to make payments with mobile phones.

 

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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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