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The Finanser’s Week: 12th June – 18th June 2017

This week’s main blog headlines are …

The crazy world of crypto currencies and ICOs

I’m boarding a flight yesterday and murfing (mobile surfing).  Flicking between Facebook apps, twitter, bank account, BBC news and more.  Suddenly I spot a new ICO – Initial Coin Offering – for a new bank.  From Wikipedia: “An initial coin offering (ICO) is a means of crowdfunding the release …

A world of smart trading through smart systems using smart data

I was invited to talk to some City folks about using data analytics for trading.  It made me pause for reflection, as I’ve been talking about analytics for trading for a long, long time.  Twenty years ago in fact. Back in the 1990s, we were …

Will the last COBOL guy turn the banks’ lights out?

I regularly blog about the same subject, namely CHANGE YOUR CORE SYSTEMS.  Banks do a great job of not listening to me, but that’s because they’ve caught themselves in Catch 22: screwed if I change them and screwed if I don’t.  How did they get …

Banks do dad dancing (badly)

I hosted a banking dinner the other night, where we were talking about the FinTech scene in this particularly vibrant and innovative country.  It was under the Chatham House Rule, so I can’t say too much about who and where this dinner was, but it …

The UK election result is good for UK FinTech

I thought I’d wait until after the weekend to write a post about the implications of the UK election results.  It’s not my place to write about the pros and cons of the election campaigns, although I will say that the alienation of the elderly …


The latest news headlines …

Is buying Lloyds Banking Group plc the best way to make a million? – AOL
The election result could prove to be a game changer for Lloyds(LSE: LLOY). Its strategy has centred upon shifting its focus away from being an international banking stock and towards a company which is focused on the UK for the bulk of its profit.

Former Barclays anti-money laundering director named City minister – The Telegraph

Misys boss to lead fintech giant after merger with DH – The Telegraph

StanChart brings in senior talent to fuel U.S. expansion – Reuters
NEW YORK/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Standard Chartered aims to expand its U.S. presence with a local hiring push and by bolstering its team in the country with senior staff from its main regions of Asia, the Middle East and Africa, its top bankers said.

Forbes rich list: Which celebrities earned the most over the past year? – BBC
Forbes releases its top 100 list of the world’s highest-paid entertainers – find out the movers and shakers.

AIB float to value lender at up to €13.3bn – The Telegraph

Five reasons why the City could benefit from election mess – Financial Times
London’s financial services sector does not seem gloomy as Brexit negotiations near

Building blockchain banks with ICOs – Financial Times
Polybius was a second century-BC Greek historian who brought us the theory of cyclical political change known as anacyclosis, loosely based on Plato’s philosopher king narrative.

Suitors hire Barclays to look at possible Co-op Bank bid – The Telegraph
The Qatari conglomerate and Swiss investment firm considering a bid for struggling Co-operative Bank have hired Barclays to help them put together a potential rescue of the troubled lender.

Zopa hunts for 40 tech whizzes as it narrows focus on bank launch – The Telegraph


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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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