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The biggest barrier to entry to banking is the regulator

I’m just preparing a presentation in Canada and realised that, like most countries, the competitive landscape of Canadian banking has not changed much in the last century. Sure, there’s been some M&A and sure, the big banks are competing hard with each other but, outside that … Here’s the issue: the major banks in most…

Canada bank

The Ambassador, Embassy, Ferroro-Rocher and a Banker

As mentioned, we had our first meeting of the Financial Services Club in Oslo last week, and a fine affair it was.  The most impressive aspect of the meeting being the palatial surroundings of the British Ambassador's Residence in Oslo. We hold many of our European meetings in partnership with the British Embassies, and sometimes…

Oslo Ambassador's Residence

Vikings: raiders or traders?

We had our second meeting of the Nordic Financial Services Club in Oslo last week. It was a fantastic meeting with case studies from a number of local firms including Schibsted Media Group, ValYou and Nordea.  I’ll write up some of this later this week, but wanted to begin with some history. Not some history of…

Viking trade

Vikings: raiders or traders?

We had our second meeting of the Nordic Financial Services Club in Oslo last week. It was a fantastic meeting with case studies from a number of local firms including Schibsted Media Group, ValYou and Nordea.  I’ll write up some of this later this week, but wanted to begin with some history. Not some history of…

Viking trade

Swiss banks, the Nazis and PEPs

OK, a last and final post about Swiss bankers and then I’ll shut up. For centuries, Switzerland has been the centre of banking in Europe.  As explained, this is due to the Knights Templar and Protestant Reformation at its heart, and is the reason that led to Voltaire (1694-1778) being quoted as saying: “If you…

Swiss banks, the Nazis and PEPs

OK, a last and final post about Swiss bankers and then I’ll shut up. For centuries, Switzerland has been the centre of banking in Europe.  As explained, this is due to the Knights Templar and Protestant Reformation at its heart, and is the reason that led to Voltaire (1694-1778) being quoted as saying: “If you…

Is one man responsible for all Swiss banking?

In a penultimate view of the history of Swiss banking, one important dimension is why the largest Swiss banks – UBS and Credit Suisse – are based in Zurich, rather than Geneva, Basel or Bern. Zurich. The largest town in Switzerland with a population of 400,000 people is tiny compared to London with its millions…

Escher

Is one man responsible for all Swiss banking?

In a penultimate view of the history of Swiss banking, one important dimension is why the largest Swiss banks – UBS and Credit Suisse – are based in Zurich, rather than Geneva, Basel or Bern. Zurich. The largest town in Switzerland with a population of 400,000 people is tiny compared to London with its millions…

Escher

Why Swiss banks are no longer so private

Further to the previous two entries about Swiss Banking (the settlements of the Knights Templar and the Protestant Reforms), we move into the 16th century with Switzerland proving an attractive ground for migration of the Protestants persecuted overseas. As mentioned, this period created the strong movement towards neutrality from any wars or hostilities overseas –…

Why Swiss banks are no longer so private

Further to the previous two entries about Swiss Banking (the settlements of the Knights Templar and the Protestant Reforms), we move into the 16th century with Switzerland proving an attractive ground for migration of the Protestants persecuted overseas. As mentioned, this period created the strong movement towards neutrality from any wars or hostilities overseas –…

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