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Art would not flourish without banks

Lending

Having spent some time talking about life 700 years ago, you relaise that some things stay constant.  The inter-twining between where the powerbase lies and finance is always a close tie.  Back in the Medici era, it was the Vatican and Pope, the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire …

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Art would not flourish without banks

Lending

Having spent some time talking about life 700 years ago, you relaise that some things stay constant.  The inter-twining between where the powerbase lies and finance is always a close tie.  Back in the Medici era, it was the Vatican and Pope, the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire …

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What did the Medici Bankers ever do for us?

Dantes inferno

I spent some of the recent holiday in Florence, visiting many of the amazing Renaissance buildings, whilst reading a great historical novel about the rise and fall of the Medici bankers in the 15th century. The book is called Medici Money written by Tim Parks, and traces the fame and fortune …

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What did the Medici Bankers ever do for us?

Dantes inferno

I spent some of the recent holiday in Florence, visiting many of the amazing Renaissance buildings, whilst reading a great historical novel about the rise and fall of the Medici bankers in the 15th century. The book is called Medici Money written by Tim Parks, and traces the fame and fortune …

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The Ambassador, Embassy, Ferroro-Rocher and a Banker

Oslo Ambassador's Residence

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 …

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Vikings: raiders or traders?

Viking trade

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 …

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Vikings: raiders or traders?

Viking trade

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Is one man responsible for all Swiss banking?

Escher

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 …

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Is one man responsible for all Swiss banking?

Escher

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Why the Swiss are so good at banking

Swiss neutrality

I blogged a while ago about Switzerland and its origins as a financial centre, dating back to the Knights Templar. After spending a couple of days in Switzerland, I found a fascinating book that sheds more light on the background to this small, but important, centre of private banking.  The …

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