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The Finanser’s Week: 6th February – 12th February 2023

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This week’s FU!

A singing quizmaster, naked customers, another UK exit on the horizon, silver foxes in the hen house plus more fintech fun and banking banter about the biggest news stories of the week. A few show notes here:-  Our resident Judge, Mary, was back in the hot seat this week trying hard to keep the…

Time as a Service

I recently stumbled across traceable-time-as-a-service (TTaaS) and found it fascinating, especially as time is purely something we invented. “Time does not exist. We invented it.” Some guy called Albert — Chris Skinner (@Chris_Skinner) August 28, 2021 That’s why China – the fourth largest country on Earth – has one single time zone. At 7:00,…

Would you spend $100,000 on a wristwatch?

Talking about time, I got a nudge from Bloomberg about an artist in time. The story is about Max Büsser who, with his band of revolutionaries, made products they wanted themselves and built a huge fandom on the way. What’s the product? A wristwatch. Max worked for luxury jeweller Harry Winston but was unhappy. He…

Time as a currency

I often refer to Bernard Lietaer, my late friend, and his work on community currencies. You can read his book for free here. It got me into a whole load of other areas from the Long Now to time as a currency. Have you thought about time as a currency? Maybe my favourite example of…

There’s a fine line … between crime and fine

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted an update on LinkedIn the other day, saying how brilliant Britain is for foreign investments. That’s kind of no surprise, coming from the office of the person who wants foreign investment, but I did take note of one paragraph specifically …

New books, awards and networking … amazing innovations and insights in banking, cards and payments

I was just in London for two major events. One, the launch of Leda Glyptis’s new book Bankers Like US and second for the Card & Payments Awards.

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Chris M Skinner

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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