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How many emails do you get every day?

I don’t always praise, but I will shower some praise on British Airways today.  Not for their service, flights, destinations or lounges, but for their inflight magazine Business Life.  It always inspires me a little as, each month, the BA Business Life magazine publishes a bunch of trivia facts that …

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How many emails do you get every day?

I don’t always praise, but I will shower some praise on British Airways today.  Not for their service, flights, destinations or lounges, but for their inflight magazine Business Life.  It always inspires me a little as, each month, the BA Business Life magazine publishes a bunch of trivia facts that …

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The latest stats on Bitcoin

Bitcoin tx per day

I’ve written a lot about Bitcoin over the last year: Is Bitcoin the future of money … or are we smoking dope?  (October 2011) Bitcoin: immersive or subversive? (January 2012) You should take Bitcoin seriously (September 2012) A new currency payment system is about to explode (February 2013) But had …

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Mobile’s time has come

PayPal mobile

It’s the Mobile World Congress week this week, so everyone’s talking about mobile. In our space, the big announcements came from MasterCard and Visa. MasterCard launched a digital wallet in a joint venture with mFoundry, whilst Visa announced an NFC partnership with Samsung.

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Mobile’s time has come

PayPal mobile

It’s the Mobile World Congress week this week, so everyone’s talking about mobile. In our space, the big announcements came from MasterCard and Visa. MasterCard launched a digital wallet in a joint venture with mFoundry, whilst Visa announced an NFC partnership with Samsung.

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Bank trust is at an all time low

Severe drop in trust in banks

I recently hosted a meeting of financial market players to talk about how to rebuild trust in banking.  It was an interesting evening, with most of the attendees accepting that trust in banks was at an al-time low.  But how low is an all-time low?

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Bank trust is at an all time low

Severe drop in trust in banks

I recently hosted a meeting of financial market players to talk about how to rebuild trust in banking.  It was an interesting evening, with most of the attendees accepting that trust in banks was at an al-time low.  But how low is an all-time low?

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In deep waters

Biggest debt

Back to reality and what’s happening in the world today. I received a bunch of stats and facts from one of my readers last week lookiing at public (governmental) debt across various countries and geographies, and comparing internal debt (money borrowed within country) with external debt (money borrowed from overseas). …

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The World Payments Report 2012, Part One

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The World Payments Report (WPR) has just come out.  It is the 8th report produced by EFMA, in partnership with Cap Gemini and the Royal Bank of Scotland (ABN AMRO previously), and provides a good analysis of global payments movements in the same way as we do with our European …

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