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Banks and pigs

Thanks to Jeffry Pilcher at the Financial Brand for his blog on the use of piggy banks in bank advertising. The timing is goof for this as we both blogged banks bonuses as well (his is worth reading from the USA view) and bankers and pigs may not be an unusual juxtaposition.  I guess we…

Science proves money and sex do go together

A while ago, I mentioned Jeremy Clarkson's immortal billboard poster line to advertise the Times: Money and rumpy-pumpy are the twin engines powering everything we do For those unsure about this, 'rumpy-pumpy' means sex.  Mind you, money was invented for sex anyway, so that's nothing new. But what Jeremy and I didn't know is that…

Science proves money and sex do go together

A while ago, I mentioned Jeremy Clarkson's immortal billboard poster line to advertise the Times: Money and rumpy-pumpy are the twin engines powering everything we do For those unsure about this, 'rumpy-pumpy' means sex.  Mind you, money was invented for sex anyway, so that's nothing new. But what Jeremy and I didn't know is that…

Toon Tuesday

I regularly look at the cartoons and Nick Newman, who regularly produces my favourite toons in the Times, wins today with this one: After Dominique Strauss-Kahn's comments on the euro last week, it may be appropriate.

Toon Tuesday

I regularly look at the cartoons and Nick Newman, who regularly produces my favourite toons in the Times, wins today with this one: After Dominique Strauss-Kahn's comments on the euro last week, it may be appropriate.

The Times can be so mean …

UK newspaper The Times asked people in Brighton what they understood by the following terms: hedge fund, derivative, sub-prime market, short selling, fiscal stimulus, arbitrage and quantitative easing. The answers are brilliant, and here are my favourites: Hedge fund "Money collected to keep the hedges going?" Derivative "This sounds like the kind of word that…

Sir Alan Sugar on Brokers: they know ‘naff-all’

Sir Alan Sugar, founder of Amstrad and the UK's equivalent of Donald Trump in the TV show the Apprentice, writes in the Sunday Mail about how he got burnt in the 1980's by City brokers. In his own inimitable style he recounts how he gave a broker from Nomura carte blanche to manage his money…

Sir Alan Sugar on Brokers: they know ‘naff-all’

Sir Alan Sugar, founder of Amstrad and the UK's equivalent of Donald Trump in the TV show the Apprentice, writes in the Sunday Mail about how he got burnt in the 1980's by City brokers. In his own inimitable style he recounts how he gave a broker from Nomura carte blanche to manage his money…

My #1 Banking Joke

I often use this one to open or close a presentation. A boy comes up to his father confused about the daily news always talking about the credit crisis, recession and banking. “Dad”, he says, “how does banking work?” His father thinks about explaining the world’s connections, investment markets, deposits and loans, and so on…

Should banks stop advertising?

In a post that I’m sure will get a response from some folks (Jeffry?), February’s Banker Magazine (I write a monthly column for them) dropped onto my doorstep this morning with the front page: "The World’s Top 500 Banking Brands". You might be surprised that there are 500 banks around these days but this is…

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