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Visions of the future … 1960s stylee

1975 and change

Last year, I stumbled across predictions from a century ago, and responded by making some predictions for a century ahead.  Strangely enough, there was also a moment to look back over the last fifty years of technology developments around that time too. So it must be whilst sitting around on holidays that …

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Save the City

Economist1

There’s an interesting economist out this week with a front page saying: “Save the City”, which seems to be getting everyone a little bit worked up. Why? Because it’s in defence of the City. The story talks about the history of the City, and how its future may be jeopardised …

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Save the City

Economist1

There’s an interesting economist out this week with a front page saying: “Save the City”, which seems to be getting everyone a little bit worked up. Why? Because it’s in defence of the City. The story talks about the history of the City, and how its future may be jeopardised …

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2012: a banking outlook

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Yesterday, we talked about the economic outlook for 2012.  What about the banking outlook? Well it’s also challenging, with five clear things happening: Regulatory change will still be high on the agenda Investment banking will get a radical overhaul Clearing and settlement will become a much bigger focus Reconstructing distribution …

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2012: a banking outlook

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Yesterday, we talked about the economic outlook for 2012.  What about the banking outlook? Well it’s also challenging, with five clear things happening: Regulatory change will still be high on the agenda Investment banking will get a radical overhaul Clearing and settlement will become a much bigger focus Reconstructing distribution …

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2012: an economic outlook

The Protester

2012 is here and we all hope it’s better than 2011.  Sure, some of you may have had a very good last year, but most thought it pretty dire with job losses, austerity measures, civil uprisings, protests, a second financial crisis in the Eurozone and more being the name of …

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2012: an economic outlook

The Protester

2012 is here and we all hope it’s better than 2011.  Sure, some of you may have had a very good last year, but most thought it pretty dire with job losses, austerity measures, civil uprisings, protests, a second financial crisis in the Eurozone and more being the name of …

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The future competitive battleground

I blog a lot about the disruptions of new technologies on bank structures, but only in the last few weeks had the chance to reflect upon what this means overall to a bank’s strategy. A bank is a digital business, as mentioned so often before. As a digital business, all …

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Long versus Short is like Good versus Evil

Tallow Hall

I was honoured to be the guest speaker for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists at their Quarterly Lunch yesterday.  The lunch was held at the Tallow Chandlers' Halls in the City … … although the technologists are not candlestick makers, they know where to have a party. Anyways, in …

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Get Shorty! Andrew Haldane speech

Andy Haldane

Last night was the occasion of the Sir John Gresham annual lecture. This year it was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf with the keynote speaker being Andrew Haldane, or Andy as is the preference,  Executive Director for Financial Stability with the Bank of England. Andy is …

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Mobile banking and PFM is so last decade

Another conference focused upon financial innovation today, and all the talk is about mobile stuff, Google Wallets, mobile stuff, Banksimple, mobile stuff and Movenbank. I’m regularly stressing today that we must:: stop talking about mobile; and talk about the point-of-life. First, stop talking about mobile stuff. The fixation with mobile …

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