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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: 3rd July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … The rise of the CEO as social justice warrior | Jill Priluck Wall Street looks to earnings after strongest June in decades Breakdown of global trading system is looming, Australian economist warns Japan payment systems: paper qualifications Why Facebook’s Libra currency gets the thumbs …

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The end of FinTech

I’ve been involved in finance and technology for a long, long time. Originally, I was a technologist; then a financial technologist; and now a FinTech guy. However, I see the FinTech piece as being irrelevant. Whether it’s FinTech or TechFin, it’s all still just finance and technology. The difference is …

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Things worth reading: 1st July 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Deutsche Bank in wealth management hiring spree What first-home buyers should know about ‘bank of mum and dad’ Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pays out $38bn in divorce settlement Catch-22 and the real and immediate danger of Brexit Fearing stock market rout, investors seek shelter in …

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The Finanser’s Week: 24th June – 30th June 2019

The main blog headlines are … Platform, marketplace, ecosystem … buzzword bingo! I encounter lots of banter about platforms, marketplaces and ecosystems, and do wonder in the flippant way people use them interchangeably whether they really understand what they are talking about. I’m sure many do but I’m also sure …

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Things worth reading: 28th June 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Credit Suisse is the sole bank tripped up by Fed stress test The best challenger bank accounts for business Shakespeare has a warning for bank regulators: be fearful Dutch bank and researchers begin defence against quantum computing’s dark side A Bank Built in 1.5 …

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Partnering in the ecosystem is not easy

Talking of partnering, many years ago, I was assigned the role of negotiating a contract with a partner for a large technology firm. The partner specialised in the insurance markets, my focus at that time, and we got into the game of contract wording. For quite a while, it was …

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Things worth reading: 27th June 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Bank of America will no longer do business with companies that run detention centers Startup bank Aspiration is trying to be the anti-Wells Fargo. It’s working Mifid II tightens Wall Street’s grip on trading Former UBS compliance officer convicted of another count of insider …

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Platform, marketplace, ecosystem … buzzword bingo!

I encounter lots of banter about platforms, marketplaces and ecosystems, and do wonder in the flippant way people use them interchangeably whether they really understand what they are talking about. I’m sure many do but I’m also sure some people throw them into the conversation like a buzzword bingo game. …

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Things worth reading: 26th June 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Monzo now valued at more than £2 billion The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism The FCA – a watchdog too nice and chummy to bark or bite Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency faces questions from international regulators Flawed rules contributed …

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What is banking in the cloud?

Over ten years ago, I started blogging about cloud computing and financial services. Many banks dismissed the idea back then as “the regulator wouldn’t allow it”. Then the regulator did allow it in some countries, but banks were confused about the regulatory position. For example, if they use cloud services …

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Things worth reading: 24th June 2019

Things we’re reading today include … Has Deutsche Bank left it years too late for a turnaround? U.S. regulators ask Deutsche Bank to explain ‘bad bank’ proposal – FT Britain’s HSBC to help modern slaves ‘rebuild lives’ with bank access Malaysia’s 1MDB criminal case against Goldman Sachs delayed to September …

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