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Hoofy and Boo

Some of you may have spotted that the Financial Services Club's logo is represented by a Bull and a Bear:   I say some of you, because most folks see the gold on our badge (members get a badge to wear on their lapel) rather than the black.  Ho-hum, must be bankers 😉 Well, now…

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Hoofy and Boo

Some of you may have spotted that the Financial Services Club's logo is represented by a Bull and a Bear:   I say some of you, because most folks see the gold on our badge (members get a badge to wear on their lapel) rather than the black.  Ho-hum, must be bankers 😉 Well, now…

Logo

A totally non-PC financial ad campaign

Until last night, I had never heard of Optiver. Today, they are firmly on my radar as someone said I should "YouTube" them. A bit like Googling someone, YouTube is now the name to get your name known. So I YouTubed Optiver and what I found made me laugh the night away. Here's a brief…

A totally non-PC financial ad campaign

Until last night, I had never heard of Optiver. Today, they are firmly on my radar as someone said I should "YouTube" them. A bit like Googling someone, YouTube is now the name to get your name known. So I YouTubed Optiver and what I found made me laugh the night away. Here's a brief…

Banking is Art (defaced)

Who would have thought that the desperate times we live in could create imaginative new art forms … but that’s exactly what the crisis did for one PR person in New York. Geoffrey Raymond was languishing in the backrooms of lobbying the media world when, seeing the Lehmans and capital markets implosions, he was inspired…

Geoffrey Raymond

Anyone want a SIBOS t-shirt?

Only an idiot would wear a shirt that had this on the front to a banker's ball: and that's exactly, apparently, what one idiot did on Thursday night at the SunGard end of show SIBOS party. The Finanser has now found the source of the idiot's t-shirt and is happy to provide UK (£50bn), US…

T-shirt

Anyone want a SIBOS t-shirt?

Only an idiot would wear a shirt that had this on the front to a banker's ball: and that's exactly, apparently, what one idiot did on Thursday night at the SunGard end of show SIBOS party. The Finanser has now found the source of the idiot's t-shirt and is happy to provide UK (£50bn), US…

T-shirt

Guy Kawasaki: don’t believe the bozos

The final keynote here in Hong Kong was from Guy Kawasaki, founding partner of garage technology ventures, co-founder alltop.com, original visionary partner of Steve Jobs at Apple and all round good Guy. Here’s a summary of his speech: When I was first at Apple, we had two divisions – Apple II and the new, yet…

Argh, the typhoon got me …

I think SIBOS is jinxed. In 2001, 9/11 happened just as we all planned to go to Singapore and the show was cancelled. In 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed the day the show started and so we spent the week trying to get over it (what's new, some said). In 2009, the hand of God intervenes…

Typhoon8

Cockney cash machines

As mentioned the other day, the ATM has just turned forty years old, but I missed this item and was sent it by a friend. Apparently, one entrepeneurial firm is customising their ATMs to suit local lingo by launching the world's first Cockney cash machine, or should that be sausage and mash machine: Brummie, Geordie…

Cockney ATM

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