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End of the cheque: open outcry! (UPDATE)

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The Daily Wail, Britain’s second largest daily newspaper after the Pun, has finally got wind of the imminent demise of the cheque, as discussed here the other week. This is because the banks vote soon as to whether 2018 is the year of its removal or not. In their article, …

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From Russia with Love

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It’s the third week of November and usually I’m off to the USA for a tradeshow. Not this year. My usual American show took place earlier this year and so I missed it and, instead of going to the US of A, I’m Back in the USSR. Or Russia as …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Building tomorrow’s bank

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My good friend Conny Dorrestijn shared this article she wrote on teenager's views on money and banking.  I thought it so good that it's worth sharing here: Sitting in the hotel bar of a conference I recently attended on payments, I pondered with my colleagues “Are we sure we are …

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Building tomorrow’s bank

Christopher-benjamin christiaan (14), Netherlands

My good friend Conny Dorrestijn shared this article she wrote on teenager's views on money and banking.  I thought it so good that it's worth sharing here: Sitting in the hotel bar of a conference I recently attended on payments, I pondered with my colleagues “Are we sure we are …

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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

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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

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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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