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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...

Are banks too full of testosterone?

There’s no logical reason for this, but I’ve decided the second week of June is women’s week. It’s a week to celebrate diversity, or the lack of diversity, in finance and technology. So, this week’s blogs are all about women and finance and technology. To start with, let’s look at …

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Things worth reading: 8th June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … You may be in love, but you should always have your OWN bank account Bank boss tells lenders to be ready for no-deal Brexit Digital IDs could end the need for in-bank visits and banish passwords £36bn of government-backed loans will be toxic, taskforce …

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Things worth reading: 5th June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Can you help? (research request) Goldman Sachs executive’s email making plea for racial equality goes viral at firm Revealed: UK banks and investors’ $2bn backing of meat firms linked to Amazon deforestation Wealth management faces fallout from coronavirus ESG investors get their heads around …

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I’m not a futurist

The other day, I said that I was confused about the future. Some folks said that seems strange for ‘a futurist’, but I’m not a futurist. I’m just a guy who looks to the future and tries to understand and predict what I can. We often get predictions wrong. The …

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Things worth reading: 4th June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Mastercard boss: ‘Leaders must reassure staff’ Wall Street closes sharply higher on signs of economic rebound Bank of England urges lenders to bolster no-deal Brexit plans Cards made up more than half of payments ‘for first time’ last year George Floyd: SoftBank launches $100m …

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2030 arrives in 2020

I got a chart this week that made me smile. This is it … In one month, retail sales jumped massively from 16% to 27% of all sales. The end of main street is nigh. Other facts and figures that made me smile were Amazon’s retail sales jumping 26% in …

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Things worth reading: 3rd June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … Lending platforms face battle for independence Coronavirus: Debt letters ‘make money problems worse’ UK consumers repay record £7.4bn of debt in Covid-19 lockdown House prices see largest monthly fall for 11 years, says Nationwide Traders want shorter days, says London Stock Exchange The G20 …

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The end of main street

Wondering about the future. Always wondering about the future. Thinking about where things are going. It’s the only thing we don’t know. We know the past; we live in the present; we wonder about the future. What’s my future? What’s your future? What’s the future for our children and our …

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Things worth reading: 2nd June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … For all his woes, at least Sunak does not need to worry about stagflation | Larry Elliott Judge orders Barclays to hand documents to Amanda Staveley ahead of trial Shopper numbers surge 36% as lockdown in England relaxed Has the investment industry learnt from …

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Things worth reading: 1st June 2020

Things we’re reading today include … UK banks warn 40%-50% of ‘bounce back’ borrowers will default Could you have to pay your bank to save money? Women-led hedge funds beat male rivals in coronavirus crisis Citi warns markets are out of step with grim reality Coronavirus is our chance to …

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What happens if consumers stop consuming?

I saw an interesting article the other day: I Don’t Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore … our economy is built on Americans of all class levels buying things. What happens when the ability — and desire — to do so goes away? It’s theme is that when stuck at home …

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