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UK banks: over £1 trillion of maturing debt

UK Gross Lending

Earlier this week Adrian Coles, Director-General of the Building Societies Association, gave a fascinating presentation to the Financial Services Club Scotland on the state of the UK's Building Societies sector.   The presentation didn't actually say too much about Building Societies but was more of a reflection of where we …

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What’s on a Treasurer’s mind?

No it's not the obvious answer, but it does make a good focal point for our next meeting of the Financial Services Club in London. On 22nd April, we have a great debate about: "What's on a Treasurer's Mind?" with four significant practitioners in this space: Marcus Treacher, Head of …

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A new season of events, April through July 2010

We are delighted to announce our forward season of the London events for the Financial Services Club’s meetings for the second quarter of 2010. For more details or to register for any of these meetings, go to: http://www.fsclub.co.uk/public-club-events.cfm 20th April “This house believes that new regulations, such as Solvency II …

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Chinese Bank buys majority stake in Citi

OK, I made that up.  Mind you, I made it up in 2006 when I presented at the BAI Retail Delivery Show.  My logic was based upon the inevitable march of Asia's tigers, and the fact that ICBC had just listed and suddenly became one of the top 10 banks …

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We think Basel’s liquidity standards are rubbish

We have an FSClub Meeting on 16th March 2010 in London with the theme: This house believes that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's new liquidity risk monitoring standards are built on sand … a debate on the BCBS liquidity risk monitoring consultation due 16 April 2010. Just before Christmas, …

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What comes next in Mobile Banking?

Our next meeting of the Financial Services Club (England) will focus upon a debate around the question: "What comes next in Mobile Banking?" For the past year, the hottest space in banking has been around mobile thanks to iPhone apps, M-PESA and other developments in mobile payments and banking.  The Club …

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A Single Customer View? Codswallop!


The UK Government recently ordered changes to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), as announced in the Banking Bill of 2009. The Bill resulted in a new regulation from the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Policy Statement 09/11 (Download FSA PS09/11). PS09/11 rules that, from 31 December 2010, all financial firms …

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Banking meets the BBC, an evening with Hugh Pym


After two years of non-stop bank bashing in the media, how do the journalists and press really see the banking system today? How do they report this news and is it really objective and neutral, or inflammatory and overdone? Find out with an evening with Hugh Pym, Chief Economics Correspondent …

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Are you taking the PSD?

PSD progress, December 2009

Interesting article on the guide to all things Europe today, Euractiv, about the Payment Services Directive. The Directive “has been transposed in all but 11 of the 31 EU/EEA countries”. Hmmm … that would be Cyprus, Estonia, Italy and Latvia (Jan); Norway (Feb); Belgium, Greece, Spain, Finland, Malta and Poland …

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Europe’s new regulatory agenda


We had a fascinating and packed meeting at the Financial Services Club this week with David Doyle, EU Policy Advisor, discussing the challenges of the new Barosso European Parliament and their legislative drive in financial services. David is a regular visitor to the Financial Services Club, and runs our European …

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There is a free lunch after all

On 1st February 2010, Gresham College is hosting the second Long Finance event at The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London EC3M 7DQ, UK.  The event supported by the Financial Services Club and it is free, including a free lunch, from 11:45 to 14:30. Speakers will include the musician Brian …

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Financial Ruin to Financial Reform


Members of the Financial Services Club are invited to join an upcoming forum organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust on Thursday 25th February at the House of Commons. The theme of the morning seminar is: “Financial Ruin to Financial Reform?” with an introduction from George Osborne MP, Shadow Chancellor …

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