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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: 23rd March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … UK lenders banned from repossessing homes amid coronavirus crisis EU states ‘dragging their feet’ over financial transparency, report finds Advancing bank tech ‘broadens hack attack surface’ Economists told us what a pandemic could do. Who listened? | Torsten Bell Global economy will suffer for …

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Our world is just a fiction

For a while, I presented the idea that our world is a fiction. It is a fiction based upon beliefs. We have shared beliefs. We believe the world is the way the world is. But the world isn’t this way. Borders. Borders don’t exist. We – humans – created borders. …

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Things worth reading: 20th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Former London bankers convicted after Germany’s ‘greatest tax robbery’ Why America’s financial plumbing has seized up ECB U-turn shows it fears coronavirus could destroy eurozone project The agonies of stock-picking in a falling market School closures in the UK are a financial catastrophe for …

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Did you take the world for granted?

It’s very strange times. I’ve taken travel for granted. For years, I’ve been used to open borders, easy connectivity and access to airports. The internet then fuelled that ease of movement and connectivity. Suddenly, via social media, my friends are in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Mumbai, Lagos, Paris, Milan, New …

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Things worth reading: 19th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … U.S. regulator proposes path for non-banks to gain deposit license Coronavirus: Pound plunges to its lowest level in over 30 years Cardless in the coronavirus crisis  The Federal Reserve can’t save us. Can Trump fix the impending global recession? ECB launches emergency $820bn coronavirus …

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Things worth reading: 18th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … HSBC appoints insider Quinn as CEO amid growth headwinds UK banks set out details of Covid-19 mortgage holidays Coronavirus: Stocks rocked by record volatility Metro Bank hit with fresh lawsuit by Iranian customers Study: global banks ‘failing miserably’ on climate crisis by funneling trillions …

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Things worth reading: 17th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … BoE’s guv Andrew Bailey has to prove he knows what’s what Climate change: The rich are to blame, international study finds The Federal Reserve acts again, as market turmoil continues Quotes from Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s press conference Big U.S. banks halt stock buybacks, …

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The politics of pandemics

I was a little distraught over the weekend. With absolutely no warning, the Polish government closed the country’s borders. All flights and train travel banned. No inbound access at all, unless you are Polish or could provide Polish residency. No outbound access and, if you do leave and return, immediate …

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Things worth reading: 16th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Banks are running out of cash EU rejects UK call for rapid agreement on financial services The plumbing behind world’s financial markets is creaking. Loudly Stocks crumble, unconvinced as Fed and peers attempt radical rescue Fed slashes rates, global central banks coordinate to cushion …

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Things worth reading: 13th March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … US Fed injects $1.5tn to markets as Dow and FTSE suffer worst day since 1987 Corporate bonds and loans are at the centre of a new financial scare FCA chief rejects MPs’ calls for higher banks IT levy Trump’s bid to calm crisis simply …

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