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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...

Greenspan Blasts Bush and Republicans

The WSJ got hold of a copy of Greenspan’s new book, due out Monday. Sounds a little mixed. The Ayn Rand devotee who played a partisan game in supporting skewed tax cuts by Bush, criticizes the Republicans for losing their one-time small government focus. One interesting point from being close …

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Microsoft Legacy Modernization Program

The Mainframe Migration Alliance (MMA) and the Midrange Alliance Program (MAP) will host a meeting on legacy modernization at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on 9 October. The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about Microsoft’s plans regarding legacy modernization and offer …

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The Sun Newspaper launches a prepaid MasterCard

The headline that caught my attention this morning is the launch of a Prepaid MasterCard by the Sun. For those who are unfamiliar with the UK newspaper, it is the most widely circulated with over three million copies distributed to almost eight million readers, most of whom are interested in …

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HSBC’s Knight in Rusty Armour

During the weekend, there were lots of reports on the attack by Eric Knight on HSBC’s governance and strategy.  Eric Knight, who is CEO of Knight Vinke Asset Management, is airing his concerns in public, he claims, as a result of the FSA’s Market Watch (six page pdf) of May …

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HSBC’s Knight in Rusty Armour

During the weekend, there were lots of reports on the attack by Eric Knight on HSBC’s governance and strategy.  Eric Knight, who is CEO of Knight Vinke Asset Management, is airing his concerns in public, he claims, as a result of the FSA’s Market Watch (six page pdf) of May …

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HSBC’s Knight in Rusty Armour

During the weekend, there were lots of reports on the attack by Eric Knight on HSBC’s governance and strategy.  Eric Knight, who is CEO of Knight Vinke Asset Management, is airing his concerns in public, he claims, as a result of the FSA’s Market Watch (six page pdf) of May …

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Banking is a man’s world

This is not a new news story, but it is a news story.  Banking is a man’s world.    Sounds a bit sexist doesn’t it, but many of us would say that there is still active discrimination in some business sectors on the grounds of age, sex, ethnicity, religion and …

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Sexism in the City

This is not a new news story, but it is a news story.  Banking is a man's world.   Sounds a bit sexist doesn't it, but many of us would say that there is still active discrimination in some business sectors on the grounds of age, sex, ethnicity, religion and …

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Firms liable for incorrect outsourcing under MiFID

Article 13(5) of MiFID states: "An investment firm shall ensure, when relying on a third party for the performance of operational functions which are critical for the provision of continuous and satisfactory service to clients and the performance of investment activities on a continuous basis, that it takes reasonable steps …

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