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The Finanser’s Week: 7th January – 12th January 2019

The main blog headlines are …

My view of 2019

So, I’ve been summarising other people’s views of the year ahead from a variety of sources, but I also wrote two outline pieces for my friends at The Banker magazine and Jim Marous’s The Financial Brand. Just to finish off my week’s blogs about this year, here’s …

Crypto Forecasts for 2019

There has been a lot of thinking and rethinking during 2018 about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and everything digital currency related. I wrote about the challenges getting blockchains implemented for example, and was surprised to find myself enduing up as a network meme. The power of …

FinTech Forecasts for 2019

There are many pundits predicting change in banking and FinTech this year. Here’s a review of a few of the ones that have some depth. American Banker published seven FinTech predictions for 2019 by Bob Legters, Chief Product Officer of Banking and Payments at FIS. The …

2019: The Year of Witty Protest

So yesterday, I gave you the top ten trends for 2019 from British Airways’ Business Life magazine. The article also discussed a range of other trends that are noteworthy, so here’s a quick summary of the other things to expect in 2019. 2019: The Year …

Ten Top Trends for 2019

Hello, hello and hello again. Welcome to 2019. A brand new, fresh, shiny year, and just out of the starting gate. Having said that, yes we are still talking Brexit and we still find a group of shady bankers knocking off billions. Same shit, different day, …


And the top headlines this week are …

Bankers joining fintechs find adrenalin and bruised egos – Financial Times

Former Barclays boss and ex-Citigroup chief describe the ups and downs of fintech

Major Wall Street players plan exchange to challenge NYSE, Nasdaq – Reuters

Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Citadel Securities LLC and a host of other financial companies plan to launch a low-cost bourse that will compete with the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.

UK financial services sector shifts £800bn in assets to Europe – Financial Times

EY study shows that uncertainty has driven operations abroad ahead of Brexit

Guest post: Private equity – tech’s best kept secret – Financial Times

In this guest post, Victor Basta argues that tech firms are losing their special status among investors, meaning they are having to focus more on good old-fashioned profitability when planning their exits.

How will central bankers cope when the next recession comes? – Guardian

Policymakers who think fiscal policy alone is enough are setting themselves up for a shock If you ask most central bankers around the world what their plan is for dealing with the next normal-size recession, you would be surprised how many (at least in advanced economies) say “fiscal policy”. Given

Britain is crippled by record personal debt while the Tories boast of a boom | Maya Goodfellow – Guardian

UK households are taking on more debt than ever to make ends meet. In this climate, rising employment figures mean nothing With a government torn apart by Brexit and a country falling to pieces because of that government, Conservative MPs have a fallback they sometimes like to use as proof

Barclays threatened with boardroom shake-up as investor calls for vote – The Guardian

Edward Bramson says more resources should be funnelled towards consumer operations Barclays is being threatened with a boardroom shake-up after an activist investor announced plans for a shareholder vote on the bank’s leadership. Edward Bramson, who has spent about £900m building a 5.5% stake in Barclays through his investment vehicle

The proof that Facebook is broken is obvious from its very modus operandi | John Naughton – Guardian

Despite employing a small army of contractors to monitor posts, it’s clear the company is no longer fit for purpose Way back in the 1950s, a pioneering British cybernetician, W Ross Ashby , proposed a fundamental law of dynamic systems. In his book An Introduction to Cybernetics , he formulated

RBS critic pays £20,000 for billboard criticising bank – Guardian

Former chief of company ‘pushed to failure’ says it is worth it to raise awareness A critic of Royal Bank of Scotland’s disgraced restructuring unit has spent £20,000 on a billboard berating the high street bank as part of efforts to reinstate an investigation into wrongdoing at the lender. Neil

Barclays to abolish passwords for phone banking – The Telegraph

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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