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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...

Citi … bank … rupt?

There have been rumours this week of Citi being bankrupt in Banknet360 and Yahoo’s message boards (see earlier blogs on Yahoo message boards and Citi) "Citi filing for Chapter 11 in the next few days" … oh no! what a headline.  However, according to Here is the City, these rumours …

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London versus New York, Hedge Funds and PE

Interesting stats and facts coming out of the hedge fund and private equity worlds this week. First, Hedge Fund Research (HFR) released their year end report of inflows and outflows to the hedge fund markets in 2007.  The headline is that The hedge fund industry attracted a record $194.5 billion …

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London versus New York, Hedge Funds and PE

Interesting stats and facts coming out of the hedge fund and private equity worlds this week. First, Hedge Fund Research (HFR) released their year end report of inflows and outflows to the hedge fund markets in 2007.  The headline is that The hedge fund industry attracted a record $194.5 billion …

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London versus New York, Hedge Funds and PE

Interesting stats and facts coming out of the hedge fund and private equity worlds this week. First, Hedge Fund Research (HFR) released their year end report of inflows and outflows to the hedge fund markets in 2007.  The headline is that The hedge fund industry attracted a record $194.5 billion …

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HSBC: no longer an investment bank?

HSBC sent out a press release yesterday announcing that they are re-naming the "Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets Division".  It will now be called "Global Banking and Markets".  Global Banking and Markets comprises five main businesses: Global Banking, Global Markets, Global Asset Management, Global Research and Principal Investments. The press …

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HSBC: no longer an investment bank?

HSBC sent out a press release yesterday announcing that they are re-naming the "Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets Division".  It will now be called "Global Banking and Markets".  Global Banking and Markets comprises five main businesses: Global Banking, Global Markets, Global Asset Management, Global Research and Principal Investments. The press …

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Please remove brain before working at this bank

Little Britain, the UK comedy show, made a character that you may think is extreme.  Her name is Carol, and she works for a fictional bank, Midwest.  The way the sketch works is that each time a customer comes into the bank, she rattles away on the keyboard and then …

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Please remove brain before working at this bank

Little Britain, the UK comedy show, made a character that you may think is extreme.  Her name is Carol, and she works for a fictional bank, Midwest.  The way the sketch works is that each time a customer comes into the bank, she rattles away on the keyboard and then …

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Please remove brain before working at this bank

Little Britain, the UK comedy show, made a character that you may think is extreme.  Her name is Carol, and she works for a fictional bank, Midwest.  The way the sketch works is that each time a customer comes into the bank, she rattles away on the keyboard and then …

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IBM’s global reality

In an interesting article in the NYTimes, IBM’s optimistic and upbeat assessment for a 15%+ rise in profits in 2008 is questioned.  Answer: IBM’s not reliant on the depressed American economy but is making shedloads in the BRIC economies and from banks.  Here’s the bit that piqued my interest in …

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Why mobile banking doesn’t work … yet

I was looking at mobile finance this week, as we had a meeting to discuss this at the Financial Services Club last night.  In the meeting, Samee Zafur of Edgar, Dunn and Company outlined results of research he has led into mobile finance.  The research was conducted amongst nearly 500 …

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Bankers are overpaid, greedy pigs

After my doom and gloom week, I thought this was a good title for a blog entry although this is not me talking … rather it seems to be a campaign with a certain associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times named Martin Wolf. The campaign began …

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Bankers are overpaid, greedy pigs

After my doom and gloom week, I thought this was a good title for a blog entry although this is not me talking … rather it seems to be a campaign with a certain associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times named Martin Wolf. The campaign began …

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Something fishy about Discover’s credit cards

Most people think the marketing of financial stuff is as dull as dishwater.  Maybe that’s why the Goldfish are cleaning the waters to allow the fish to swim freely … what am I talking about? Goldfish.  Goldfish is a credit card that’s been available in the UK since 1996. Originally …

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Something fishy about Discover’s credit cards

Most people think the marketing of financial stuff is as dull as dishwater.  Maybe that’s why the Goldfish are cleaning the waters to allow the fish to swim freely … what am I talking about? Goldfish.  Goldfish is a credit card that’s been available in the UK since 1996. Originally …

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