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The Finanser’s Week: 27th March – 2nd April 2017

This week’s main blog headlines are ….

GulfTech is the next big thing

I’ve just returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where there were a number of events.  Just a few weeks ago, I was in Bahrain, talking at a conference about FinTech as usual. What struck me is the interest and excitement about FinTech in both …

GulfTech is a challenge due to diversity

I took part in a webinar the other day, focused upon the developments in digital banking in the Middle East.  Having visited Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar recently, I can claim to know a little.  Equally, having been to the region regularly since 2002, …

As stores die, startups prosper

We talk a lot about bank branch closures and, to be sure, there are a lot bank branch closures.  The UK has seen 1 in 10 bank branches disappear over the last two years whilst the USA is seeing a similar trend, albeit at a slower …

How to make your startup a success

You have an idea. Let’s say that it’s to make nice wooden caricatures of famous politicians.  Something that historically would have been a niche trade for the odd craft fare.  It still is, but when you go to a craft fare, the usual practice is …

The complete low-down on Britain’s new £1 coin

Britain has a new £1 coin.  It comes into circulation today and replaces the old coin, which was originally launched in 1983, making it one of the oldest coins still in circulation.  The old coin gets phased out in October (and will no longer be legal …

London: still the #1 Global Financial Centre

Today Z/Yen, a London-based research and consultancy firm, publishes the twenty-first Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 21) in collaboration with the China Development Institute (CDI). The GFCI rates 88 financial centres and finds the top ten are: London New York Singapore Hong Kong Tokyo San Francisco …

Neobanks don’t need to be “real banks” to compete in banking

I wrote a piece recently about the challenges of being a challenger bank.  It coincided with the news that my friends at solarisBank had just achieved a Series A funding round of €26 million.  Neatly, co-founder of solarisBank Marko Wenthin spotted my post and decided to …


The latest news headlines …

Major banks prepare to shift operations away from London after Brexit – Evening Standard
Major banks are preparing to shift parts of their operations away from London as Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50

Atom, Monzo and Tandem – the new banks you’ve never heard of but here’s how they could make you richer – The Sun
ATOM, Monzo, Tandem and Starling. These names might sound unfamiliar to you, but they are part of a new breed of digital-only banks that are growing in popularity with Brits.

Mobile banking is saving us ‘billions’ in charges – BBC
Mobile banking has changed the way we manage our money for good, and is saving us billions in bank charges, tech start-ups say.

The high cost of our vanishing bank branches – Financial Times
When was the last time you visited the bank? If you haven’t been inside a high street branch for a while, you may well be in for a shock.

Barclays targets Netflix demand with special TV production loans – The Telegraph

The Bank of Mum and Dad hits record high, funding one third of first-time buyers – The Telegraph

Businesses leave gaping holes in cybersecurity plans  – The Telegraph

Ex-Morgan Stanley MD: money does grow on trees, actually – The Telegraph

Fading Trump rally threatened by rare contraction of US credit – The Telegraph

Five big questions Brexit poses for fund managers – Financial Times
As Article 50 is triggered this week, the UK industry is no clearer on what come next


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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, TheFinanser.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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