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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...

Viewing the MiFID community in the raw

Welcome to MiFID day.  Congratulations.  I’m sure this day will be remembered for a long time as the day that Heather Mills, the ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney, went insane. To be honest, it’s all a bit quiet today.  Maybe everyone is waiting for the systems to explode with pan-European trading … …

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Credit Crunch – Washup (or Washout?)

Now that many of the banks with some losses in the US sub-prime area have reported it may be a good time to look back at what has happened and then look forward to what is likely to happen over the next 6 to 12 months. Current Situation Looking back, …

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Hallow MiFID’s Eve: Trick or Treat?

‘Twas the nightmare before Christmas and Halloween Jack realised that MiFID was upon us and he had not budgeted nearly enough to make it happen. So he stole $35 million and plugged the regulatory hole through one massive computer upgrade that made all of the consultants and computer suppliers happy …

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MiFID week is finally here

There’s lots being written on MiFID this week as it’s MiFID implementation week – hurrah! – so I thought I’d try to summarise some of the key things being reported during the week.  Today, I thought it worth a very brief recap of the key MiFID milestones     February …

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MiFID week is finally here

There’s lots being written on MiFID this week as it’s MiFID implementation week – hurrah! – so I thought I’d try to summarise some of the key things being reported during the week.  Today, I thought it worth a very brief recap of the key MiFID milestones     February …

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MiFID week is finally here

There’s lots being written on MiFID this week as it’s MiFID implementation week – hurrah! – so I thought I’d try to summarise some of the key things being reported during the week.  Today, I thought it worth a very brief recap of the key MiFID milestones     February …

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The credit crunch explained properly

For those of you with ten minutes to spare and access to YouTube, if  you want a good laugh or cry, then here’s the Bird & Fortune* guide to the credit crunch.  Brilliant!   * for our overseas colleagues, John Bird and John Fortune are viewed by many as being …

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Chinese bank buys American bank

As someone involved in predicting the future, it amuses me how often we get things wrong. You’ve heard all the quotes: "a worldwide market of five", Thomas Watson of IBM’s prediction for the global computer market back in 1953, or "640kb of memory is enough for everyone" from Bill Gates.  …

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A banker’s favourite smell is …

Interesting supplement in today’s Times newspaper on careers with an 8-page supplement on careers in Banking.   A few choice quotes: “Confidence in the world’s financial markets is shaky” “Lehman Brothers, UBS, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have all announced redundancies” “Is now the worst time to consider a career in …

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Turquoise announce technology and CEO

After the disappointing outcome over Plus Markets, various factions are coming out and poking fun at Turquoise.  Unlike BOAT, Turquoise has little to show for its efforts so far, and are still looking for a Chief Executive.  What happened? The big difference for me is that BOAT has strong partners …

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Mobile banking: have we got it right?

I am struck by the sheer number of announcements over the past 12 months related to mobile payments and mobile banking.  Nothing wrong with this, but times change fast and I’m already wondering how long mobile will be in vogue. For example, just as the iPod is dead, so is …

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