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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, TheFinanser.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...

Things worth reading: 25th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Metro Bank to replace founder Vernon Hill as chairman Betterment wants your bank account as well as your investments Exclusive: Deutsche Bank’s problem derivatives cloud recovery – sources Free cash machines so rare people are now prepared to drive five miles to avoid paying, …

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Sustainable finance for sustainable abundance

Talking of Long Finance (see last week’s updates on sustainable finance), there’s some really interesting publications from the group that runs this program, in partnership with the Financial Services Club. This builds on the work of the Long Now. I wrote a long blog about The Long Now almost a decade ago, …

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Things worth reading: 24th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Of course, Jeff Epstein moved his dirty money through Deutsche Bank … where else? Australian regulator proposes tougher rules on bankers’ pay China’s credit push to small firms falters in factory heartland Expand credit unions as alternative to payday lenders, FCA urges Equifax consumers …

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Things worth reading: 23rd July 2019

Things we’re reading today include …. UBS posts surprise second quarter profit boost What’s the best way to stay awake in meetings? Neil Woodford’s listed fund invests £10m in Atom Bank Equifax to pay up to $700m to settle data breach Will America go from hunter to hunted in cross-border …

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How to make a small island a big centre for FinTech

One of the discussions at the UN meetings was around SIDS, the Small Island Developing States. I didn’t know much about SIDS but, when investigating further, discovered I did. They range from islands like Belize and Puerto Rico to Mauritius and Barbados to Bahrain and Singapore. That’s a pretty diverse …

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Things worth reading: 19th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Bank of America CEO on the importance of digital banking Australia’s NAB turns to RBS turnaround man Ross McEwan as CEO The pound’s slide is about more than Brexit Goldman Sachs’ equities-backed earnings results may face pressure Revolut’s growing pains rumble on  The future …

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Why is financial inclusion a good thing?

Whilst at the United Nations they had me doing various activities, one of which was a panel for UNTV. The panel comprised Elliot Harris, UN Chief Economist; Matthew Blake, Head of Future of Financial and Monetary Systems, World Economic Forum; and was moderated by Gillian Tett, Editor-at-large, Financial Times. You …

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Things worth reading: 18th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … German online bank N26 valued at $3.5bn after investment Bitcoin tumbles as U.S. senators grill Facebook on crypto plans City watchdog admits investment rules too complex for staff Pound could fall to parity with dollar on hard Brexit concerns Bank of America trims net …

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Financing is critical to our future world

A key part of UN’s agenda for sustainability is the taskforce for digital financing. Officially launched in November 2018, around the same time as the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking, the taskforce is specifically tasked by the Secretary General of the UN to look at how the financial system and …

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Things worth reading: 17th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Visa invests in Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek Facebook vows Libra currency will wait for approval as U.S. airs worries ‘Breathtaking arrogance’: senators grill Facebook in combative hearing over Libra currency Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF Apra to be given new powers after …

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Things worth reading: 16th July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Christine Lagarde will have to confront Berlin if she’s to save the euro | Yanis Varoufakis Facebook’s Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin New £50 note design sees Alan Turing become first LGBT person on a UK banknote Digital upstarts need to …

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