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The Finanser’s Week: 16th October – 22nd October 2023 (and an invite for November 28)

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This week’s main blog discussions include …

Is Hamas funded by crypto?

I hate stepping into controversy, and I know that this column is going to be really unpopular, but the latest reporting of terrorist funding using cryptocurrencies is seriously biased. This specifically relates to Hamas and Hezbollah in Gaza and Lebanon respectively. The latest violence taking place between Israel and Palestine is awful. No one can…

Does your company suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

I have a dog and am worried he has Stockholm Syndrome. He seems to love me, but it’s only because I feed and walk him every day. By nature, the dog should be free. Thing is that, now that he’s three years old, he’s developed into a beautiful animal who is dedicated to me. As…

What is the purpose of money? (it’s not barter)

The confusion over the origins of money I, like most, thought money was invented to replace barter. I, like most, am wrong. Money has little to do with bartering. Money, in fact, has more to do with how society moved from villages and communities to societies and cities. Going back to the origins of money…

Dear Bank Manager

I liked this so much, it needed to be shared. It is a letter allegedly sent to my bank manager. Enjoy! Dear Bank Manager, I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his depositing…

Imagine Intelligent Money

I was talking about the vision of AI integrated with finance through APIs today. The vision is one where every transaction can be displayed through your devices via your apps. It’s the apps, API, AI economy. It means that wherever you go, whatever you do, whoever you deal with and how can be drilled down…


Meanwhile, for those who can get to London on November 28th, we have a special dinner discussing whether AI will overcome our issues with fraud. If you are around London at that time, send an email to and let me know.

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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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