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A Spanish first: Social Banking

There are a few countries / continents where innovation is rife. In Africa, mobile payments are transforming the continent. In Japan, mobile internet banking is changing their world. And in Spain, social finance is top of the agenda. Last year, I noted that BBVA had launched the first Web 2.0 …

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Branches Wanted: Dead or Alive?

Branch

There are wide differences of opinion between different banks of the role of a branch these days. Is a branch a branch, a store, a transactional centre, a sales centre, a retail lobby, an automated machine or all of these things or none of them? On the one hand, I …

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A real-time global pulse

As we use low latency systems, faster payments, twitter and other technologies, we silently watch the revolution of our world from local to global communities, and to a real-time global pulse. The thing is, do you ever stop to notice? The fact that you can trade in a millionth of …

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Trading water

Last year, I wrote an extensive piece about a vision of trading in the future based upon 24*7 real-time global markets and the impact of news algorithmics.  A key piece of that article was the idea of water being a rare commodity and hence of very high value. Traders globally …

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The Future of the City of London

I've seen a couple of bits of commentary in the past week about the City of London losing its strength, namely: City's dominance in doubt (Telegraph) London Ponders Its Future as Financial Powerhouse (New York Times) During the boom years of the 2000s, London competed with Frankfurt and New York …

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The Future of the City of London

I've seen a couple of bits of commentary in the past week about the City of London losing its strength, namely: City's dominance in doubt (Telegraph) London Ponders Its Future as Financial Powerhouse (New York Times) During the boom years of the 2000s, London competed with Frankfurt and New York …

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Who caused this crisis and what’s next?

David Li CDS Formula

We're about to take an Easter holiday and so I thought I would leave you with food for thought until Tuesday. There are some fascinating ideas floating around about this crisis over the last six months: from nationalise all banks to hang all bankers; from the collapse of capitalism to …

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Banks should be cannibals

After my blog about the multichannel myth last week, it made me realise that banks need to become cannibals. Banks should launch new channels that eat their old ones alive, rather than trying to bolt these new channels onto their old bank. Banks can only be brilliant at one channel …

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Great predictions of the past

It's easy to catch people's prediction out in hindsight, with the most common ones being things like "I see a worldwide market for about five computers" from Thomas Watson, IBM's CEO in the 1950s, and "640k is enough memory for anyone" from Bill Gates. Now there's a website dedicated to …

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Great predictions of the past

It's easy to catch people's prediction out in hindsight, with the most common ones being things like "I see a worldwide market for about five computers" from Thomas Watson, IBM's CEO in the 1950s, and "640k is enough memory for anyone" from Bill Gates. Now there's a website dedicated to …

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