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The Finanser’s Week: 31st July – 6th August 2023

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This week’s main blog discussions include …

Is the City going the way of the shopping mall?

I’ve blogged several times that, as people move to online everything, the retail main street stores and shopping malls are dying. In a similar fashion, bank branches are closing faster than ever and becoming restaurants or coffee houses So, inevitably the question has to come up: what about the post-pandemic City? Bloomberg reports that “oversized…

WFH? WTF? The huge debate about remote working rumbles on …

Related to the end of cities – yesterday’s blog – is the fascinating friction between employers and employees over where to work these days. Some believe you have to come back and work in the office whilst others protest and claim you can work from anywhere, even on the beach. Who is wrong, or are both…

Will the war on cash ever stop?

I’ve been writing about the war on cash for years. It’s a constant theme that comes up at conferences like SIBOS, and the first time I think I heard the phrase was a Visa presentation back in the 2000s. Back in 2012, I wrote about a Pew report that surveyed a range of experts about mobile…

Can we have FedNow now?

There have been lots of write-ups about the launch of FedNow which went live last Thursday. FedNow is a real-time payments service for American banks, and gives them 24*7 real-time money transfers throughout its interbank system. Woo-hoo! As Stephany Kirkpatrick, Founder and CEO of Orum, explains on Quora: FedNow is an upcoming instant payment platform…

As Anne Boden’s successor is sought, can Starling make it as a bank and tech provider?

Always a controversial figure, Anne Boden has hit the headlines again after stepping down as CEO of Starling Bank. Her announcement of remaining on the Board but no longer being the leader of the bank was originally made in May …

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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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