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Interest-free mortgages and savings

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A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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Interest-free mortgages and savings

Joke002

A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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Interest-free mortgages and savings

Joke002

A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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New Year, Same Old

Well, you think the New Year will change things, but the news headlines are continuing with the same themes: jobless going up, inflation going down, interest rates going down and down, and Bernie Madoff going down for a very long time.  A few headlines did catch my eye this morning …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The end of the keyboard

Nothing to do with banking, except that banks run on technology and one key piece of technology is about to die: the keyboard. I've predicted the end of the keyboard for years, as it's not intuitive or natural to type.  We just do it because we've learned it is the …

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Dear Janet, I’m so ashamed of my brother …

I noticed this letter sent to an Agony Aunt over the weekend: "Dear Janet, I have a new girlfriend who I am totally in love with, but I am terrified about telling her about my family.  You see, my father is a convicted rapist.  That's bad I know, but then …

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Children do better with money

Welcome to 2009! I'll put some thoughtful commentary here next week about the outlook for the year, but here's an interesting idea spotted in the Telegraph the other day.  The Post Office approached children to design their literature for their financial services products, and their answers are brilliant. Asked to …

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Children do better with money

Welcome to 2009! I'll put some thoughtful commentary here next week about the outlook for the year, but here's an interesting idea spotted in the Telegraph the other day.  The Post Office approached children to design their literature for their financial services products, and their answers are brilliant. Asked to …

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Gold flakes in the water cooler

Every now and then you find a comedy that people either love or hate.  The IT Crowd is one of those.  It's a UK minor hit comedy series on Channel 4, and here's a clip of the CEO meeting his CFO: I'm posting this because I can see every CEO …

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Gold flakes in the water cooler

Every now and then you find a comedy that people either love or hate.  The IT Crowd is one of those.  It's a UK minor hit comedy series on Channel 4, and here's a clip of the CEO meeting his CFO: I'm posting this because I can see every CEO …

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Christmas Crunch levity

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I received a few nice, light thoughts over the Christmas period.  One was an email that told the story of the monkey buying man … Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers, …

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