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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...

Curiousity killed the cat but made the human

I’ve noticed that my blogging has developed into regularly asking questions. Many of my blog entries end with a question mark. Why is that? It’s because I’m always asking questions. It’s because I cannot accept the way it is. It’s because I want to know more. It’s because I’m curious. …

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Things worth reading: 11th April 2022

Things we’re reading today include … Central Banks Can Save DeFi, as Weird as That Sounds US banks set for big hit to revenues as dealmaking dries up China’s yuan is replacing the dollar and euro in Russian bank accounts amid Western sanctions Bank Deposits Could Drop for First Time …

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Things worth reading: 8th April 2022

Things we’re reading today include … Ethereum’s Coming ‘Merge’ Could Make or Break Crypto Bolt Pays $1.5B for Crypto Startup Wyre in Biggest Crypto Acquisition to Date Klarna founder ‘very excited’ about post-Brexit fintech regulation The Top 5 Reasons Why Fintech M&A Are on the Rise US imposes ‘severe’ sanctions …

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The metaverse will be worth trillions

I stumbled across an interesting white paper from Citi the other day saying that the metaverse is an $8 to $13 TRILLION opportunity: “The total addressable market for the Metaverse could be between $8 trillion and $13 trillion by 2030, with total Metaverse users numbering around five billion. But getting …

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Things worth reading: 6th April 2022

Things we’re reading today include … HSBC Starts Metaverse Fund for Private Banking Clients in Asia Spot the difference: Bank of England ridiculed over £50,000 ‘new’ logo that looks almost identical to its old one Bank of America mobilised $250bn in sustainable finance last year The state of open banking …

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Things worth reading: 5th April 2022

Things we’re reading today include: Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest JPMorgan’s Dimon: Competition Between Banks and FinTechs Is ‘Intensifying’ JPMorgan’s Dimon warns of myriad issues for economy, bank B2B PAYMENTSNEO CEO Says Banks, Regulators Ignore Multicurrency Management Needs of EU Firms Israel …

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Change Management means CHANGE the management

I don’t know why we talk about digital transformation when we should be simply talking about transformation. What is happening has nothing to do with technologies, but is driven by technological change. In other words, it’s not a digital transformation. It’s a change management transformation, and all those familiar with …

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How can breaking bank windows be justified?

This latest blog from Dr Gail Bradbrook Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion follows previous ones here and here. In it she responds further to this challenge from an angry anonymous banker… Dear Barclays Bank – Why I Believed You Wanted Me to Break Your Window Dear Anonymous Banker, Let’s address one key …

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Things worth reading: 4th April 2022

Things we’re reading today include … How Starbucks made its deposits bigger than most banks 3 Ways To Play The $300 Billion Fintech Boom Short Sellers Bet Tether, Crypto’s Central Bank, Is Vulnerable to a Run What is going on at Barclays? Latest scandal sparks fresh concern Founder of cash-transfer …

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Things worth reading: 1st April 2022

Things we’re reading today include … Banks face new standards on carbon emissions disclosure Wall Street Watchdog Cautions Banks on Trading Crypto Derivatives Bank fraud prevention scheme blocked £60m in fraud last year Death of the bank branch: How going cashless leaves millions financially stranded Ban on Russian bank deposits …

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The world’s most valuable bank changes CEO

In a surprise announcement the world’s most valuable bank, PJ Margon Choice (PJMC), has announced that their long-standing leader, John Demon, is standing down to be replaced by Tim Blomfjord, the founder of Mongo. In the press release there are some interesting nuances as Demon states: “I realised that now …

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