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The Finanser’s Week: 16th January – 22nd January 2017

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A summary of the main blogs of the week …

FiBD: The FinTech Bullshit Detector

I’ve been wondering for a while how so many companies can be starting up something in the same space, and how are they surviving?  The reason for mentioning it is that we keep hearing these numbers around how many billions are being invested in FinTech, …

The Catch 22 of Banking

I realised the other day that financial markets are confused.  On the one hand, we spend all of our time criticising banks for being slow to change, inflexible, lacking customer focus and being greedy and, in some cases, fraudulent; on the other, many reckon that …

#Brexit by 2021, and 1000s of City jobs lost

So Theresa May made clear on Tuesday what the Brexit plan is … or did she?  Some say that her plan is Vague (in reference to her appearance on the cover of Vogue) whilst others gave it a big thumbs up. Mind you, he did …

EU priorities for financial services regulations, 2017

We had a fun session of the Financial Services Club this week, in light of the lack of clarity on Brexit from the UK Gov.  The discussion was our regular New Year kick-off meeting with special guest David Doyle, sage of all EU regulations affecting …

The White House, Donald Trump, Wall Street and FinTech

For those who weren’t looking, you might have missed the release of the Framework for FinTechh white paper released by the White House last Friday.  It’s the output of the work performed by the National Economic Council’s Adrienne Harris and her team, who I’ve been …


The key headlines of the past week include …

City banks warn of Brexit job moves - BBC
Two major City of London investment banks say that some staff will have to move abroad when the UK leaves the EU.

Deutsche Bank takes the axe to staff bonuses - The Telegraph

How finance is being taken over by tech - Financial Times
Bank margins to be boosted by labour-saving automation but long term challenges loom

The 5 most expensive buildings in the world - The Telegraph

City figures give stoic welcome to May's plans for EU single market exit - The Telegraph

Deutsche Bank, HSBC and five other big banks form 'Digital Trade Chain' consortium - IB Times
Seven large banks are collaborating on a blockchain-based trade finance and supply chain platform called Digital Trade Chain (DTC), which aims to make domestic and cross-border commerce easier for European small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

UBS CEO says bank has flexibility over passporting rights post-Brexit - Reuters
UBS (UBSG.S) has a degree of flexibility if its UK outpost looks set to lose its ability to operate across the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc, Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday.

Metro Bank gets down to business - City AM
Business banking is booming for Metro Bank, so much so that the challenger plans to increase the number of business bankers in its branches by around a third, or 30 per cent, in 2017

Post-Brexit vote, UK leapfrogs Sweden and US in allure - The Telegraph

Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half' - BBC
Oxfam research finds the eight richest billionaires have as much wealth as 3.6 billion people combined.


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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog,, 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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