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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: 29th June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … Korea’s Kakao Bank Seeks As Much as $2.3 Billion in IPO China setting pace in central bank digital currency Zopa Bank to make profit in its first year Mark Carney: stablecoins should have access to central bank balance sheet JPMorgan makes Brazilian retail banking …

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“There is an inherent link between money and violence”

The other day, UK police raided a property where they found £114 million ($150 million) of cryptocurrency. The raid was part of an AML investigation, but I was particularly struck by this comment from Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Graham McNulty “There is an inherent link between money and violence.” Of …

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Things worth reading: 28th June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … Wall Street banks move across the pond in new threat to British lenders Starling boss Anne Boden embraces home working Australians Lost More to Bank Transaction Scams than to Bitcoin Payments in 2020 Mexican Billionaire Says His Bank Is ‘Working’ to Accept Bitcoin Binance: …

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Where would you launch a FinTech company?

Just received Findexable’s annual report on FinTech hubs and developments, which finds San Francisco, London and New York as the key FinTech hubs of the world. Behind those cities, Montevideo (Uruguay), Hangzhou (China) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) are making great gains. What’s going on? Here’s the outline in the intro …

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Things worth reading: 25th June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … Deutsche Bank taps Oracle to simplify its IT, cut costs Bank of England loses a bulwark against groupthink Central banks step up fight against cryptocurrencies Detectives investigating money laundering seize crypto-currency worth £114 million Rivals see ‘fierce’ competition as UAE digital bank Zand prepares …

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Two tribes … what about the analogues?

After talking about Tribe One, the Digital Gang, yesterday, who use words like: Autonomous, intelligent and connected Democratised, distributed and decentralised Platform, ecosystem and open Reliable, resilient and robust Vulnerable, questionable and fragile Environmental, sustainable and renewable I’m moving on to Tribe Two today: the Analogue Gang. These guys are …

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Things worth reading: 24th June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … Deutsche Bank Jumps Back Into Payments Through Joint Venture with Fiserv Here’s what to expect from banks when the Federal Reserve releases stress test results today Irish government to sell stake in Bank of Ireland Central bank digital currencies get full BIS backing Bank …

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Things worth reading: 23rd June 2021

Things we’re reading today include: This little-known payments start-up is now Europe’s third-biggest fintech World Bank vows to keep board apprised of climate action progress Where have all those central bank trillions gone? Inside Macquarie Bank’s data transformation journey China’s Central Bank Tells Alipay And Banks To Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies …

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Huawei v USA: a timeline

After blogging about involvement in USA/China dynamics yesterday, I thought it pertinent to share a timeline of activities today that place context around the whole case. I could add more, but don’t want to bore you …   2007.2: Huaying (Huawei) bought Skycom. Ms. Meng was the Corporate Secretary of Huaying. …

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Things worth reading: 22nd June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … The Lazarus heist: How North Korea almost pulled off a billion-dollar hack Numbers of bank branches open have plummeted – and there are more cuts to come Bank of Scotland reveals ‘branch of the future’ in Edinburgh Another top Deutsche Bank technology hire left …

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Things worth reading: 21st June 2021

Things we’re reading today include … Santander looks to muscle into European investment banking The new bank with £22bn to spend on levelling up and turning Britain green Lloyds Banking Group is set to be Britain’s first private landlord bank France targets City banks fed up with Covid curbs A …

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