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The Finanser’s Week: 19th June – 25th June 2023

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Dame Alison Rose on creating a purpose-driven bank (NatWest)

I stumbled upon a podcast the other day. It intrigued me as it’s all about building a blueprint for a better business and, in episode 2, the host – Charles Wookey (nothing to do with Star Wars) – had managed to catch the head of NatWest Group, Dame Alison Rose, about how to create a purpose-driven…

The Office of the CFO

I stumbled over this phrase the other day – The Office of the CFO – and thought it was interesting. It’s interesting because, as a Chief Financial Officer, CFO, you need to show knowledge and depth about money. That’s your job. So, as a CFO, what would you do today? Place money in a bank…

The true horrors of bank bureaucracy

Every now and again, a newspaper produces a piece that is amusing, interesting and enlightening about banking. The Daily Telegraph did just this the other day and I liked it so much that I’ve stolen it to reproduce here. Enjoy … The true horrors of British bank bureaucracy Telegraph readers showcase the true horrors of…

How much energy should a monetary system consume?

I caused quite a debate on twitter over the weekend when sharing the supposed fact that one bitcoin transaction uses the same amount of energy as a US household uses over a month. ONE Bitcoin transaction uses the same amount of energy as a US household uses over a month — Chris Skinner (@Chris_Skinner) June…

The EU Digitalisation Strategy for the Financial Services Sector is put to the test

For twenty years, I've been very close to the harmonisation strategies in Europe for a single financial centre structure. From UCITS to MiFID to SEPA and the PSD, it's all very close to my heart ... as it is with David Doyle, a good friend and an EU Financial Services Regulatory Expert

This week’s FU! (Episode 28)

A major bank points to a $15 trillion potential wave crashing through financial services – will this be a bigger disaster than climate change or the opportunity of a lifetime for financial services? Will the IPO of a 183 year old bank on the London Stock exchange give a much needed boost to investor confidence?…


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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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