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The Finanser’s Week: 2nd October – 15th October 2017

The top blog posts of the last fortnight include …

The next ten years of technology from Gartner and Skinner

I just spotted that Gartner have made a series of ten bold predictions for IT 2018 and beyond. They are summarised nicely by Forbes and are: By 2021, early adopter brands that redesign their websites to support visual- and voice-search will increase digital commerce revenue …

Five FinTech Themes from 2017

Following on from talking around the big ten tech themes last Friday, I thought I would follow up with five FinTech themes for right now.  This came out of a keynote speech I gave at Celero’s 9th annual technology conference in Canada last week. It was …

Five more FinTech themes …

I blogged about the FinTech themes that came out of the Celero conference the other day and forgot to mention that I recently joined a one-day retreat at Payments International in London, as a facilitator. I don’t do such intimate work very often, where I …

One brilliant thing is way better than 1000 average ones

I’ve blogged on some of the themes I’m going to cover below, but the story gets clearer and clearer in my head the more I blog about and talk about it, so this version may be a little clearer than some that have gone before. …

Don’t be so blasé about people loving FinTech

I find it interesting as we move towards Open Banking and Open APIs through regulations at both the UK and EU levels. The push is for data sharing with trusted third parties with user consent. All well and good, you would think, but several surveys …

If you’re getting something for free, you are the product

This quote If you’re getting something for free, you are the product has been floating around for a while, and normally is related to Facebook and Google. It’s all about the fact that these companies are selling you to advertisers as clickbait. Facebook, Google, Twitter …

100 years from now, will we look back and think how ignorant we were?

I was talking about space exploration with a colleague the other day. They looked at me rather incredulously and wondered if I was a little bit barking mad. No, I’m quite serious, I explained, and put the case for the view that my children will …

The top trends in retail banking innovation

I get lots of input from many sources, and one of the ones I like is the innovation survey of banking produced annually by EFMA with Accenture. It also usually proves to be one of the most read items on my blog – here’s the …

The Corporation of London has a secret Brexit plan

There’s a report coming out later today that sets out the Corporation of London’s Brexit plans, and the deal the City wants with Europe. There is also something that occurs to me which might protect the City’s interests more than anyone expects. It is the …

Do you really think that Google or Amazon want to be a bank?

I’ve said continually that firms like Google and Amazon will never open a bank. I still believe that this will be the case – Facebook and Apple also fall into this view – and mainly hold this view because these companies would find full service …

 

This week’s top headline news includes …

Who is John Flint? The new HSBC boss knows the business inside out – The Telegraph

BBVA, a Spanish bank, reinvents itself as a digital business – Economist
OUTSIDE, a patch of grass affording a spectacular view of the Sierra de Guadarrama is littered with cartridge casings. Inside the Club de Tiro de Madrid (Madrid Shooting Club), on the city’s northern edge, over 400 people are fixing their sights for the next three months. Their business is

City must not rush to welcome the ‘Bakka brothers’ – The Telegraph

Iceland PM sold bank assets hours before financial crash – Guardian
The current prime minister of Iceland sold almost all his remaining assets in a major Icelandic bank’s investment fund on the day the government seized control of the country’s collapsing financial sector at the peak of the 2008 crash.

World Bank chief sounds alarm over job automation – BBC
The automation of millions of jobs is putting the world on a ‘crash course’, Jim Yong Kim warns.

Open Irish border ‘impossible after Brexit’ – BBC
Irish opposition politicians call for the publication of an internal customs authority report.

Swedish challenger bank Handelsbanken commits to UK but wants Brexit clarity – The Telegraph

Have we learned our lessons from the financial crisis? Don’t bank on it – The Telegraph

EU raids Polish and Dutch banking groups over fintech access – Financial Times
Brussels fears lenders are blocking challengers’ access to data on customers

Staley scrutinised as Barclays faces historic dilemma – Financial Times
UK bank’s chief bets on investment bank growth while keeping costs in check

 

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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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