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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...

Should banks use Facebook?

I noticed that the Canadian Bank TD had opened a Facebook group called TD Money Lounge.   Seems to be a pure advert for their products to me, but it’s pretty popular with Canadians with over 3,500 members in this Group which is more than any other bank group on …

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Should banks use Facebook?

I noticed that the Canadian Bank TD had opened a Facebook group called TD Money Lounge.   Seems to be a pure advert for their products to me, but it’s pretty popular with Canadians with over 3,500 members in this Group which is more than any other bank group on …

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Bank innovation is an oxymoron

    I’ve often said that the phrase ‘Bank Innovation‘ is an oxymoron, a bit like military intelligence and honest politicians. This is because innovation means taking risks and banks don’t take risks, although I qualify these statements to say that they apply primarily to retail banks as the innovation …

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Bank innovation is an oxymoron

    I’ve often said that the phrase ‘Bank Innovation‘ is an oxymoron, a bit like military intelligence and honest politicians. This is because innovation means taking risks and banks don’t take risks, although I qualify these statements to say that they apply primarily to retail banks as the innovation …

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Barclays may be offensive to the Dutch

I noted with interest this morning that Barclays Bank is rethinking its’ symbolic Eagle insignia in light of the bid to become more mainland European.  The symbol for the Bank is a spread eagle, and has been with the bank ever since it was founded in 1690. Why would they …

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Barclays may be offensive to the Dutch

I noted with interest this morning that Barclays Bank is rethinking its’ symbolic Eagle insignia in light of the bid to become more mainland European.  The symbol for the Bank is a spread eagle, and has been with the bank ever since it was founded in 1690. Why would they …

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Will the Boat float and more MiFID FAQs

Intriguing news about our anticipated new trade reporting services, with one of my City friends asking if Project Boat will float whilst another tells me Yellow Submarine is already sunk. Project Boat is the trade reporting service being launched by Europe’s largest investment banks in response to MiFID, and was …

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Iraq Gets Its First Hedge Fund

Some of you probably read that headline and thought it may be more useful if Iraq could build a few hedges around their gardens first as, in this war-torn region, it’s hard to imagine a hedge fund being of much use.  Nevertheless, with infrastructure that is hardly working and an …

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Iraq Gets Its First Hedge Fund

Some of you probably read that headline and thought it may be more useful if Iraq could build a few hedges around their gardens first as, in this war-torn region, it’s hard to imagine a hedge fund being of much use.  Nevertheless, with infrastructure that is hardly working and an …

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Iraq Gets Its First Hedge Fund

Some of you probably read that headline and thought it may be more useful if Iraq could build a few hedges around their gardens first as, in this war-torn region, it’s hard to imagine a hedge fund being of much use.  Nevertheless, with infrastructure that is hardly working and an …

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2 out of 5 Facebook users give all to identity thieves

New research finds that 41% of Facebook users are happy to reveal all to potential identity thieves.  The researchers found this out by creating a fabricated Facebook profile before sending out friend requests to people chosen at random from around the world.  The fabricated character is one Freddi Staur, an …

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2 out of 5 Facebook users give all to identity thieves

New research finds that 41% of Facebook users are happy to reveal all to potential identity thieves.  The researchers found this out by creating a fabricated Facebook profile before sending out friend requests to people chosen at random from around the world.  The fabricated character is one Freddi Staur, an …

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Goldmans systems mess up – black box algo questions

In April 2006, I made commentary about the opportunities and risks of algo trading with the view that "there are huge dangers and successful execution demands deep technological know-how. However, the only way in which markets can operate is to seek out and trade off risks against rewards, and the …

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Goldmans systems mess up – black box algo questions

In April 2006, I made commentary about the opportunities and risks of algo trading with the view that "there are huge dangers and successful execution demands deep technological know-how. However, the only way in which markets can operate is to seek out and trade off risks against rewards, and the …

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