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Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.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...

The truth about bitcoin

It’s been an interesting few weeks, watching bitcoin’s rollercoaster ride as it rises to valuations over $4,000 and then dives to almost $2,000 before rising again to near $6,000. This is for an asset that just a year ago you could have purchased for a few hundred dollars. The rise …

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Things worth reading: 18th October 2017

Things we’re reading today include … To change how you use money, Open Banking must break banks Bank of America’s Return to 1950s Style Banking Is Paying Off Virgin Money insists its credit card business is safer than the bigger banks FCA agrees to RBS report scrutiny Bitcoin gets official …

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The truth about Ant Financial …

I finally finished writing my new book. I’m not going to say too much about it, as it now has to go through a lengthy editing cycle and will be released next year. A key theme in the new book is financial inclusion and, to those ends, I made a visit …

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Things worth reading: 17th October 2017

Things we’re reading today include … City warns transition deal ‘disappearing by the day’ as May heads to Brussels  Fintech market moves beyond lending Wi-fi security flaw ‘puts devices at risk of hacks’ Financial regulator warns of growing debt among young people Uncertainty over Brexit transition ‘could put 75,000 City …

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Answering the hardest questions in the world

I recently stumbled across a marketing campaign being run by UBS, which tries to answer the hardest questions in the world. The questions cover everything from equality to politics and, to illustrate what they are debating, here are a few examples: Why is there such a big gap between the richest …

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Things worth reading: 16th October 2017

Things we’re reading today include … A Bank of England rate hike would be ‘extraordinary’ step for Britain’s Brexit economy As the quartet breaks up, central banking leadership flux looms Lloyds shareholders’ court case over HBOS takeover set to begin Can the UK make the most of sukuk, the Islam-compliant …

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Things worth reading: 13th October 2017

Things we’re reading today include … Who is John Flint? The new HSBC boss knows the business inside out UK banks plan biggest squeeze on consumer credit since 2008 Lloyds Bank swoops on Zurich’s UK pensions and savings business Equifax removes webpage after malware issue JPMorgan’s card gamble lures millennial …

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Five more FinTech themes …

I blogged about the FinTech themes that came out of the Celero conference the other day and forgot to mention that I recently joined a one-day retreat at Payments International in London, as a facilitator. I don’t do such intimate work very often, where I sit with a few people …

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Five FinTech Themes from 2017

Following on from talking around the big ten tech themes last Friday, I thought I would follow up with five FinTech themes for right now.  This came out of a keynote speech I gave at Celero’s 9th annual technology conference in Canada last week. It was fun with the CEO, Bob …

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Things worth reading: 9th October 2017

Things we’re reading today include … Swedish challenger bank Handelsbanken commits to UK but wants Brexit clarity Have we learned our lessons from the financial crisis? Don’t bank on it EU raids Polish and Dutch banking groups over fintech access Staley scrutinised as Barclays faces historic dilemma Chief of Credit …

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