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This week’s FU!

Analysts, investors, industry commentators, finfluencers and pretty much anyone with a social media account has had something to say about the global financial system and the events of the last few weeks – but as far as we know, our quizmaster is the only one that SANG about it – but now he may be “WANTED,…

The Finanser’s Week: 13th March – 19th March 2023

This week’s main blog discussions include … Will Silicon Valley Bank kill the FinTech industry? “When you’re not working, what do you do to de-stress?” was the last question Greg Becker, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)*, took at an investor conference on Tuesday last week. “Cycling is my advice,” he replied. Three days later…

This week’s FU!

Welcome to this week’s FU, where we talked about the week that was, and what a week it was. Lots of bank failures and a possibility of some new banks. Bank of America were one of the winners this week whilst First Republic Bank were a possible loser, until they were thrown a last minute…

This week’s FU!

The news about Silicon Valley Bank is having an impact on banks and markets globally – and it wasn’t even the right answer to a question this week! The team spoke about N26, boiling frogs and Belgians (no, not boiling Belgians!!) and our singing quizmaster was back on form once again (or off-key, depending how…

This week’s FU!

This week’s FinTech Uncut! covered a lot of ground and you can watch it here and now! This week’s episode was a bit Bugs Bunny, with highlights talking about Klarna posting its biggest loss to date, Western Union announcing a twist to BNPL and Visa eyeing up FIS. Meanwhile, Quizmaster Rik continues his singing streak. What in…

This week’s FU!

Zelle might be big (in America at least) but could our Quizmaster Rik become an even bigger sensation as his singing streak continues with Japanese Whiskey lubricated lungs? We also got a brief lesson on how to assess the future success of any new technology from The Other Guy and The Wise Guy shared his…

This week’s FU!

Valentine’s Day often results in a few breakups and this week saw the 2019 marriage between FIS and Worldpay come to an end as FIS announced they will be spinning off Worldpay Merchant Services. Our quizmaster was back on vocals again but rising prices turned our stomachs more than his singing did! Here are the…

This week’s FU!

A singing quizmaster, naked customers, another UK exit on the horizon, silver foxes in the hen house plus more fintech fun and banking banter about the biggest news stories of the week. We have these listen and watch options for you: – Youtube: – Spotify: – Apple Podcast: – Google Podcast: A few show…

This week’s FU!

Highlights and links This week’s Guest Judge (and numbers nerd) Wasim Mushtaq former Transformation Lead, Financial Markets at Standard Chartered Bank, provided full transparency of his bespoke scoring system he applied – find out how our participants fared while they spoke about Amazon, Swift, Stripe, The White Stripes, Monzo, Musk, Karaoke, Iran, Russia, Zopa and lots more…

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