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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...

eBay becomes an Exchange? Not likely

There are various forecasts of the future that may be right or wrong.  For example, this one’s a goodie.  Called EPIC 2014, and nicknamed Googlezon, it forecasts that by 2014 the current media and news organisations are dead and gone, and Google and Amazon merge.  It was made in 2005, …

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eBay becomes an Exchange? Not likely

There are various forecasts of the future that may be right or wrong.  For example, this one’s a goodie.  Called EPIC 2014, and nicknamed Googlezon, it forecasts that by 2014 the current media and news organisations are dead and gone, and Google and Amazon merge.  It was made in 2005, …

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SocGen trader loses 5 billion in fictional trading

Read the announcement from Societe Generale here (six page pdf). The rogue trader lost €4.9 billion through a series of fictional transactions.  Societe Generale aren’t naming him, but apparently the trader dealt in plain vanilla European stock market index futures and concealed his losses through in-depth knowledge of the bank’s …

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SocGen trader loses 5 billion in fictional trading

Read the announcement from Societe Generale here (six page pdf). The rogue trader lost €4.9 billion through a series of fictional transactions.  Societe Generale aren’t naming him, but apparently the trader dealt in plain vanilla European stock market index futures and concealed his losses through in-depth knowledge of the bank’s …

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Global, Blogal, Social, Glocial

In this worldwide web of global wonders, I’m getting fairly cheesed off with the number of social networks I’m now getting involved with. From Facebook to LinkedIn to Plaxo to Bebo, they’re all starting to mindmeld into one.  Add in Habbo Hotel, Second Life, Entropia and all the other virtual …

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Global, Blogal, Social, Glocial

In this worldwide web of global wonders, I’m getting fairly cheesed off with the number of social networks I’m now getting involved with. From Facebook to LinkedIn to Plaxo to Bebo, they’re all starting to mindmeld into one.  Add in Habbo Hotel, Second Life, Entropia and all the other virtual …

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Global, Blogal, Social, Glocial

In this worldwide web of global wonders, I’m getting fairly cheesed off with the number of social networks I’m now getting involved with. From Facebook to LinkedIn to Plaxo to Bebo, they’re all starting to mindmeld into one.  Add in Habbo Hotel, Second Life, Entropia and all the other virtual …

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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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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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