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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: 4th December 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Stripe makes banking-as-a-service play The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 Settling tokenised assets in central bank money Bank shareholders are squealing for their dividends. They should be ignored Bank of England enlists development partner to unlock cloud Call for probe into ‘missing’ …

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It’s not all about you

I was struck by a comment made on LinkedIn that most media miss what’s going on in the rest of the world. In this case, it was a comment about Starling Bank getting plaudits for being the first challenger to be profitable. What it should have said is the first challenger …

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Things worth reading: 3rd December 2020

Things we’re reading today include … All Bank Branches to Close by 2034 Absa bank embroiled in data leak, rogue employee accused of theft How a national infrastructure bank could transform the UK economy Monzo raises £60 million Trump’s Deutsche Bank Loans Appear To Be In Trouble European allies pushed …

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Should we … push the button?

I wrote the other day about machines becoming human, and said they would not be … but what if they were or, more importantly, what if machines stopped needing humans? This is the dystopian future of Terminator and more, where humans become redundant and we create our own destruction and …

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Things worth reading: 2nd December 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Every major US bank has now come out against Arctic drilling Bank account shutdown hurting communities sending $10 billion a year to family overseas Equivalence row looms over London ETF hub role Lloyds chief António Horta-Osório to chair Credit Suisse Bitcoin peaks at record …

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Things worth reading: 1st December 2020

Things we’re reading today include … China banking regulator says property market is biggest ‘grey rhino’ Break up UK’s big high street banks, say cross-party MPs EU doesn’t need Brexit ‘at any price’, says Angela Merkel – video Watchdog suspects EY knew it issued ‘factually inaccurate’ Wirecard audit Lloyds Banking …

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Things worth reading: 30th November 2020

Things we’re reading today include … JPMorgan, Lloyds Set Sights on Starling Bank, Times Reports Warning lights are flashing for Big Tech as they did for banks TSB owner Sabadell considers bank’s future as BBVA deal scrapped ‘Piles of cash at home’: Hong Kong leader says US sanctions mean she …

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Is Google going head-to-head with banks?

We talk a lot about Big Tech moving into big banking … but then we have talked about that for years. Now, with the revamped strategy for Google towards payments and finance, is Big Tech finally making its move into big banking? If you didn’t catch the announcements, here’s the …

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Things worth reading: 27 November 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Bank Of America Option Trader Makes $2.6M Bet The Stock Is Headed Lower By January Noteworthy: Clydesdale Bank’s demise German watchdog reports EY to prosecutors over Wirecard audit Europe’s finance sector braced for ‘peak uncertainty’ ahead of January Britons ‘misunderstand and distrust economics data’ …

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Making money out of a crisis

We have terrible moments of human strife and suffering. Wars, famine, pandemics, earthquakes and more. People dying, parents and friends lost, grief and tears, a world that could not be worse … … But for some, it’s good times. There’s always money to be made out of a crisis. I …

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Things worth reading: 26th November 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Bank of America says these 2 areas in technology are still undervalued and have room to run in 2021 Banks looking to confidential computing for solutions to money laundering, theft, and fraud Wall Street banks slam lending proposal as ‘unworkable’ and ‘political’ Ethical funds …

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The ABC of CBDCs

I’ve been talking quite a bit about CBDCs lately. CBDCs? Central Bank Digital Currencies. Central banks worldwide are looking at digital currencies as a great new future. Instead of letting citizens move to bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, have ours. Well, that’s the idea anyway. China was leading the way here, …

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