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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...

FX trading breaks the three trillion dollars a day mark

In a no turn-up for the books there then announcement, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released figures this week that show that the world is trading over $3 trillion a day in foreign exchange (FX) instruments in 2007. These are the results of the three-yearly survey the BIS performs …

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FX trading breaks the three trillion dollars a day mark

In a no turn-up for the books there then announcement, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released figures this week that show that the world is trading over $3 trillion a day in foreign exchange (FX) instruments in 2007. These are the results of the three-yearly survey the BIS performs …

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My friends attack Gartner over MiFID

Some of you know that I’ve spent a while looking at MiFID.  In fact, I’m so sad that I even produced a book about it … there you go. So some might think I’d know a little about the subject, although not nearly as much as my friends in the …

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My friends attack Gartner over MiFID

Some of you know that I’ve spent a while looking at MiFID.  In fact, I’m so sad that I even produced a book about it … there you go. So some might think I’d know a little about the subject, although not nearly as much as my friends in the …

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Chip and PIN five years from now

So I finally sussed out a way to make my long-term vision of sticking chips inside people for payments a reality through a medium-term transition away from my short-term loathing for Chip & PIN.  This will be achieved as we strip things back to the basics. For example, look at …

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Chip and PIN five years from now

So I finally sussed out a way to make my long-term vision of sticking chips inside people for payments a reality through a medium-term transition away from my short-term loathing for Chip & PIN.  This will be achieved as we strip things back to the basics. For example, look at …

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A new currency launches

The US Dollar rules the global markets, even whilst it is being bombarded during the credit crunch.  After all, nearly all countries across Latin America and the Middle East are tied to the dollar.   That is why the dollar is the reserve currency of the world.  The thing is though …

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Bankers are from Mercury, techies are from Uranus

What goes around comes around … Some things never change …  Same old, same old … Y’know you’re getting old when you are tired of hearing a debate about something fundamental but just continual. And so if men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then bankers are from …

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Help … just give me your account information

Hello.  Sorry for emailing you out of the blue, but my name is Ishamal Nicker, and my brother was killed in the Iraq war before he could move his money back to Lebanon.  He had $20,000,000 in a Switzerland bank account and has given me the codes but I can’t …

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Is life getting harder or easier for banks?

The conference I presented at last week in Barcelona focused upon future banking, and we had an audience of international bank managers from around the world.  The conference organiser gave me the opportunity to ask some questions of the audience.  You know the sort of thing, where you have those nice …

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21st Century Boy versus 20th Century Banks

I spent a day in Barcelona last week … put your hands up for Barcelona, a lovely city. For those in the know they’ll get this and, for those who aren’t in the know, I’m speaking in a foreign language.  That’s the point though as, these days, a lot of …

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21st Century Boy versus 20th Century Banks

I spent a day in Barcelona last week … put your hands up for Barcelona, a lovely city. For those in the know they’ll get this and, for those who aren’t in the know, I’m speaking in a foreign language.  That’s the point though as, these days, a lot of …

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21st Century Boy versus 20th Century Banks

I spent a day in Barcelona last week … put your hands up for Barcelona, a lovely city. For those in the know they’ll get this and, for those who aren’t in the know, I’m speaking in a foreign language.  That’s the point though as, these days, a lot of …

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Microsoft Ships BizTalk Update with SWIFT Support

I’m confused. Microsoft is shipping a new version of BizTalk Server 2006 late in 2007? How retro. Microsoft did not change any features in the shipping release since the last beta, says Steve Martin, the company’s director of connected systems product management. "We hardened some of the functionality. The last …

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