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Casino Capitalism and the American Culture

Cisco

I'm in the middle of writing a long speech for Gresham College which I shall present on Wednesday evening.  The title of the speech is: "Are Bankers Good or Bad for Society?" which we agreed way back in February. However, in light of Lord Turner's comments last month, this title …

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Casino Capitalism and the American Culture

Cisco

I'm in the middle of writing a long speech for Gresham College which I shall present on Wednesday evening.  The title of the speech is: "Are Bankers Good or Bad for Society?" which we agreed way back in February. However, in light of Lord Turner's comments last month, this title …

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No decision is the worst kind

Cisco

I’ve attended quite a few conferences in the past month and was reflecting on the different themes they explored. The four that stand out most clearly are: risk management, regulatory reform, operational efficiency and innovation. Contemplating what each of these mean in practice makes you realise how difficult a job …

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Innovations in Payments, Part Three

COLT1

In the securities settlement markets, we’ve spent years trying to break down barriers to clearing and settlement … and most of those barriers are still there. We wonder what to do about it? And regulation seems the only answer. Or is it? As we look at innovations in payments (retail, …

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Innovations in Payments, Part Three

COLT1

In the securities settlement markets, we’ve spent years trying to break down barriers to clearing and settlement … and most of those barriers are still there. We wonder what to do about it? And regulation seems the only answer. Or is it? As we look at innovations in payments (retail, …

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Branch-based banking is dead, Part Two

ING cafe

A few folks seem to disagree with my assertion that branch-based banking is dead, but they may have misinterpreted my assertion as being branches are dead. They’re not. Branches are very much alive and kicking … just not as transaction centres. Branches are sales centres. And it is for this …

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Branch-based banking is dead, Part Two

ING cafe

A few folks seem to disagree with my assertion that branch-based banking is dead, but they may have misinterpreted my assertion as being branches are dead. They’re not. Branches are very much alive and kicking … just not as transaction centres. Branches are sales centres. And it is for this …

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Lessons in innovation and tips for tomorrow

Cisco

During the Infosys conference this week, the hosts constantly asked the audience to vote on a variety of questions about innovation. The organisers did say that they had wondered whether innovation was the right subject to focus upon this year, considering that for some it would be the last thing …

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Lessons in innovation and tips for tomorrow

Cisco

During the Infosys conference this week, the hosts constantly asked the audience to vote on a variety of questions about innovation. The organisers did say that they had wondered whether innovation was the right subject to focus upon this year, considering that for some it would be the last thing …

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What is innovation in banking?

Cisco

I spent all day yesterday with a group of bankers in Portugal. Why? Well, it is the annual Infosys customer conference and they were kind enough to invite me over to give a keynote, which I will post here shortly. It was also run under Chatham House rules … so …

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What is innovation in payments?

I was asked to write about innovation in payments last week, and so here’s the first of three parts. The first part will focus upon retail payments innovation; the second, corporate payments; and the third, trade settlement. A weekly non-exhaustive update so to speak. First, what is innovation? Let’s define …

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