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The Finanser’s Week: 19th December – 8th January 2017

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The blogs over the holiday period included …


10 predictions for 2017

There are lots of predictions being made for 2017.  After all, it’s that time of year.  So, having reviewed whether mine were right or wrong at the end of 2016, my first blog for 2017 is to make 10 predictions for 2017. Rather than making …

Top 10 Retail Banking Trends for 2017

I kept yesterday’s blog entry short because I knew that today’s was long, and it’s a guest blog entry from my good friend Jim Marous.  Jim produces a great report each year, curating the thoughts of 100 industry leaders including myself, on what is going …

5 Banking Tech Trends for 2017

I kept Tuesday’s blog entry short because I knew that everyone was making predictions and writing much more in-depth pieces.  Today’s guest blog entry is from Finanser friend David Horton. David wrote a great piece on LinkedIn over the holidays providing his five banking technology predictions for …

The best FinTech podcasts out there and 10 FinTech trends for 2017

Anna Jacobson recently wrote a nice update, highlighting the best FinTech podcasts out there, including: Brett King’s Breaking Banks podcast looks at the ‘best of the best’ in the emerging FinTech sector and documents how the loss of trust, rapid consumer behavior shifts, massive technological changes, and increasing government …


The most read blog entries of 2016 (#fintech, #blockchain, #platforms)

I was looking through Google Analytics to see which of my blog entries had been most read in 2016.  Here’s the list and, as you will see, it’s mostly people reading about blockchain news, although how to change the bank, fintech and innovation all get …

Did my predictions come true?

The first week of January each year I make a range of predictions about what’s to come.  The last week of December each year, I look back at my predictions and call myself out as to whether I was right or wrong.   So here were …

2016: the year that was

I blogged a while ago about Anthony Browne, the Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association (BBA), talking at the Financial Services Club about the challenges facing banks.  He covered it in five big areas of change: Regulation Competition between banks Competition between countries and …

The best FinTech research of 2016

Earlier this year, I summarised some of the best research papers that had been released on FinTech and Blockchain in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  Thanks to Oliver Bussmann’s blog, I can now provide you with a list of the best research released on …

What else happened in 2016?

I join in several different podcasts globally, and am a regular on a few. One of those is FinTech Insider, who just recorded an episode that will be released in three parts on December 26, 27 and 29.  The reason is that it is in three …

The Twelve Banking Days of Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly and, in that spirit, I thought it was time to update some of our Christmas songs.  Here’s the revised version of the twelve days of Christmas ….   On the first day of Christmas my big bank sent to …


The key headlines of the past week include …

'A major bank will fail' - BBC
Cybersecurity promises to be major tech theme for 2017, but what are the others?

Competitions watchdog to probe MasterCard purchase of VocaLink - The Telegraph

Up to 20,000 finance workers could be lured from Britain to Paris 'within weeks' - The Telegraph

JP Morgan chief: Jobs could leave London sooner if UK fails to grab Brexit transition deal - The Telegraph

The economists have had another terrible year. It's time for a complete re-think - The Telegraph

Mastercard's Vocalink buyout questioned by CMA - BBC
The UK's competition watchdog raises questions over Mastercard's takeover of payments firm Vocalink.

Commonwealth bank doors left unlocked on New Year’s Day -
Police have helped to secure a Melbourne Commonwealth Bank discovered apparently unlocked on New Year’s Day.

Brexit: banks consider whether to start moving business out of UK - The Guardian
Announcements expected soon on whether to implement contingency plans for access to remaining EU states
Nationwide sees 10pc rise in customers thanks to Government account switching service - The Telegraph

Fears of a 'massive' global property price fall amid 'dangerous' conditions and market slow-down - The Telegraph


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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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