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Who’s afraid of the big, bad bank?

I just discovered Thomson Reuters predictions for 2016 with two related to Fintech that stand out: There is no Uber of Finance Most Fintech start-ups will partner with or be acquired by banks Interesting.  I have blogged before that the Uber of Finance is the blockchain, so maybe don’t agree …

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Is there any good news out there?

I’ve been wondering how this year would start and so far the answer seems badly.  What with David Bowie’s death on the same day as I catch man-flu, could it get any worse?  Well yes.  I wake up to the headline: Sell everything ahead of stock market crash, say RBS …

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2015 was the year of the blockchain

The world is still very confused about bitcoin.  For example, some press are still writing the old stories about the phenomena as an investment: Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they’re now worth $886k.  It makes for a good headline, but reinforces the view that bitcoin is …

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Things worth reading: 24th November 2015

Things we’re reading today include … Spanish lender BBVA ‘buys 30pc stake in UK bank Atom’ HSBC To Cut 2,000 Jobs In Commercial Bank Unit Bankers are still paid too much – Deutsche Bank’s Cryan Samsung Pay now works with Chase Bank UK ‘failing to stop corrupt money’ UK still …

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Welcome to the Whitechapel Think Tank

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At the start of 2015, I was honoured to be invited to join a new group called the Whitechapel Think Tank. The group was initiated by Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking and John Edge, Managing Partner, RRVIG. The first meeting called together UK Government, Treasury and the …

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The end of a ‘bank account’ as the digital me takes over

I had a really interesting conversation with Chris Barker, Head of Digital and Engineering for Royal Bank of Scotland.  As usual, the conversation moved around data analytics, deep learning, artificial intelligence, building enterprise data systems, separating content from processing, re-platforming the back-end infrastructure and core systems and more.  I’ll write …

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Forget bitcoin, here’s bankcoin

Welcome to bankcoin Much to the dismay of the liberati, bitcoin is flatlining.  After dipping down to the $250 per bitcoin price earlier this year, it’s stayed there ever since.  Noteworthy is the all the marketing spin of announcements of We take bitcoin payments, has died down and the use …

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