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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...

A beginner’s guide to robbery in the 21st century

I know I shouldn’t post this, as some folks might take note for illicit purposes, but what I’m writing is nothing new.  It’s already well-known by the criminal fraternity, so I might as well share it with you.  It’s also well known in the risk and security community, but they …

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A beginner’s guide to robbery in the 21st century

I know I shouldn’t post this, as some folks might take note for illicit purposes, but what I’m writing is nothing new.  It’s already well-known by the criminal fraternity, so I might as well share it with you.  It’s also well known in the risk and security community, but they …

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Changing core systems in under six months

Another amazing area of change in the Middle East is the speed with which the banks can change core systems.  Many of the banks here have changed their core systems to offer improved wealth management services combined with Shari’ah compliant products.  This became clear when one of the keynote presenters …

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A different look at Stock Exchange technologies …

    There were a number of good presentations at my Middle Eastern conference, but the one that stood out was from the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) in Jordan.  Their CIO, Mohammad Hisham Al Khatib, presented their approach to technology and business continuity.  He’s been voted CIO of the year …

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A different look at Stock Exchange technologies …

    There were a number of good presentations at my Middle Eastern conference, but the one that stood out was from the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) in Jordan.  Their CIO, Mohammad Hisham Al Khatib, presented their approach to technology and business continuity.  He’s been voted CIO of the year …

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Hey, Mr. Skinner — is Turquoise Emulating Airlines?

Chris Skinner gets in his rant about BA, and mine about Virgin follows. The scary thought, tho, is that the new CEO at Turquoise seems to think airlines are a model of customer service: In his presentation at Finexpo, Turquoise CEO Eli Lederman drew an extended analogy between trading venues …

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Chris Skinner’s Book on Banking Provokes

Chris Skinner, who has established a global reputation as a banking provocateur, is in good form with his new book, “The Future of Banking in a Globalised World.” (John Wiley & Sons, 196 pages, £34.99) In it, he points out many of the more obvious problems in retail banking – …

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Chris Skinner’s Book on Banking Provokes

Chris Skinner, who has established a global reputation as a banking provocateur, is in good form with his new book, “The Future of Banking in a Globalised World.” (John Wiley & Sons, 196 pages, £34.99) In it, he points out many of the more obvious problems in retail banking – …

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Chris Skinner’s Book on Banking Provokes

Chris Skinner, who has established a global reputation as a banking provocateur, is in good form with his new book, “The Future of Banking in a Globalised World.” (John Wiley & Sons, 196 pages, £34.99) In it, he points out many of the more obvious problems in retail banking – …

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Fawlty Towers Conferencing

I think the last 24 hours must be a record for the catalogue of amusing errors, in hindsight, experienced during a brief visit to the Middle East.  I’m here for a two-day conference and cannot believe the journey down here. It starts off with a small thing like BA, as …

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Fawlty Towers Conferencing

I think the last 24 hours must be a record for the catalogue of amusing errors, in hindsight, experienced during a brief visit to the Middle East.  I’m here for a two-day conference and cannot believe the journey down here. It starts off with a small thing like BA, as …

Read More »

Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail distribution group.  I asked how …

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Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail distribution group.  I asked how …

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