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Lookalikes in finance

Darling

A while ago, I remember seeing some folks who said that UK Chancellor Alastair Darling looked like Sam the Eagle: and Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, was a bit like Lance Corporal Jones from Dad's Army ("don't panic, Captain Darling"): Now I think that's really mean …

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The Smash-Me Bernie Madoff Toy

There's always one isn't there, and here it is: This is the Bernie 'he made off with my money' Madoff action figure, which debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. Made by Model Works, it costs $99:95 and comes with a hammer. The hammer is so that you …

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Sorry sir, the dog ate my lunch money

Two statistical releases came out today that make an interesting story. First, children are "more savvy" about finances than their parents were, with the pocket money of kids tagged at £6.32 (about $10) weekly … seems a very exact number but it is an average.  Not surprisingly children are very …

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Is NatWest right to fire Tim?

The Independent posted a story on Sunday about poor old Tim Keirman, a decent and likeable chap who worked for NatWest as a cashier and, more recently, MoneySense advisor at their Cambridge branch. 34-year old Tim had been at the bank for over a decade, but was suddenly hauled in …

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Is NatWest right to fire Tim?

The Independent posted a story on Sunday about poor old Tim Keirman, a decent and likeable chap who worked for NatWest as a cashier and, more recently, MoneySense advisor at their Cambridge branch. 34-year old Tim had been at the bank for over a decade, but was suddenly hauled in …

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Is NatWest right to fire Tim?

The Independent posted a story on Sunday about poor old Tim Keirman, a decent and likeable chap who worked for NatWest as a cashier and, more recently, MoneySense advisor at their Cambridge branch. 34-year old Tim had been at the bank for over a decade, but was suddenly hauled in …

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Valentine’s Day: Love Your Bank

It's 14th February, so I wanted to see if there was anything to do with banking and love out there, and guess what?  There is! Loads in fact, even an online dating agency called LoveBank!  My favourite find though has to be MarriageBuilders.com, who say that: "Inside all of us …

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Obama swears like a trooper … or is that Ray?

The shine may be coming off our esteemed leader of the free world already as the Boston Phoenix has taken a few choice quotes from the audio book version of Obama's Dreams From My Father, and remixed them into things that could be used out of context. The original words are from Mr. Obama's swear …

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The Banking Bird Feeder

I bought a bird feeder and hung it on the patio the other week. I filled it with seed every day to see if it would attract the birds. Within a week, there were hundreds of birds feeding on the continuously free and easily accessible food. I enjoyed watching them …

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The Banking Bird Feeder

I bought a bird feeder and hung it on the patio the other week. I filled it with seed every day to see if it would attract the birds. Within a week, there were hundreds of birds feeding on the continuously free and easily accessible food. I enjoyed watching them …

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How much is $1 trillion?

Thanks to Colin Henderson at The Bankwatch for posting this video, which I'm re-posting here: It's a great news item that puts the current stimulus packages into context. For example, it picks up on Bill Clinton announcing a $30 billion stimulus package in 1993.  Back then, that was a big …

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How much is $1 trillion?

Thanks to Colin Henderson at The Bankwatch for posting this video, which I'm re-posting here: It's a great news item that puts the current stimulus packages into context. For example, it picks up on Bill Clinton announcing a $30 billion stimulus package in 1993.  Back then, that was a big …

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