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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 March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Goldman Sachs builds up 8.5 per cent voting rights in Metro Bank Deutsche Bank under pressure from UK regulator over compliance failings Thought Machine raises $83m in series B funding Top central banks appear primed to act to combat coronavirus risk Winners and losers …

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What does ‘digital transformation’ really mean?

Buzzwords. We have a lot of them. Artificial, autonomous, augmented. Big data, blockchain, bilateral. Crypto, currency, consensus. Distributed, decentralised, democratised. I’m tempted to write the ABC of technology buzzwords, but know there cannot be any that start with X or Z*. However, I’m writing this one today because the word …

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Things worth reading: 2nd March 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Nationwide leads race for £1.9bn Sainsbury’s Bank deal Lloyds Bank faces fresh police inquiry over fraud claims Bank of England passed ‘misuse’ firm for due diligence three times ‘Swindled with bitcoin’: Australian victims count cost of online finance scam The rise and dramatic fall …

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Things worth reading: 28th February 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Too white, too male: Fed takes on diversity one bank board member at a time JPMorgan restricts global travel to protect against virus: Bloomberg News SEC orders Wells Fargo pay $35 million for recommendations of high-risk products Bank bosses in America stick around longer …

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Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

There’s a growing lament amongst the few, who are worried our analogue world is crumbling around them. They see the loss of bank branches, high street shops, use of cash and such like as the end of their world. They hate the idea of electric self-driving cars and mourn the …

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Things worth reading: 27th February 2020

Things we’re reading today include … B-Social raises £7.8m to become a fully licensed bank Swedish fintech Klarna posts first ever annual loss StanChart posts strong results but coronavirus, economic headwinds to hamper profit growth BCR’s £120m handout to Metro bank has turned out to be a colossal waste Lloyds, …

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Things worth reading: 26th February 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Dimon says ‘door is open’ for more US bank deals FTSE loses another £35bn as coronavirus rattles global markets Wall Street plunges on fears of coronavirus pandemic Barclays attacked by activist investor over CEO’s Epstein links JP Morgan to withdraw support for some fossil …

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Purpose? We need actions, not words!

I guess my discussions of purpose-driven banking are growing. Maybe I just picked up the vibe or created it, but more and more I’m seeing bank CEO’s talking about purpose. Tom Blomfield, CEO and co-founder of Monzo, in Wired magazine: “Why do companies even exist? What are we here for? …

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Things worth reading: 25th February 2020

Things we’re reading today include … UBS releases diversity figures for Americas staff US hedge fund calls for Prudential breakup as it takes near-$2bn stake Barclays/Jes Staley: Europe’s last investment banker British fintech Revolut hits $5.5 billion valuation after funding round Mastercard says coronavirus to hit first-quarter revenue JPMorgan Chase …

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Things worth reading: 24th February 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Barclays set to kick off hunt for next chief executive Cruel lottery as banks play blame game over push-payment fraud No global digital tax by end-2020 would mean chaos: France JPMorgan lines up ex-regulator to lead UK digital bank UniCredit CEO Mustier ruled out …

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