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The World’s Top 20 Banks: 2013

Top 20

I was just analysing the Banker’s annual tome: the Top 1,000 banks. It’s a serious piece of research and represents many years of trends and change (I’ve personally now been tracking the Top 40 banks from this list for the past twenty years!). This year’s figures reinforce the things I’ve …

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The World’s Top 20 Banks: 2013

Top 20

I was just analysing the Banker’s annual tome: the Top 1,000 banks. It’s a serious piece of research and represents many years of trends and change (I’ve personally now been tracking the Top 40 banks from this list for the past twenty years!). This year’s figures reinforce the things I’ve …

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How important is real-time?

KIR Poland

This is a question that comes up more and more, and there’s an easy answer: it’s very important; and a harder answer: it’s not always important; and this is a key discussion in the context of immediate payments, something that is getting talked about more and more. In fact, my …

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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?

Read More »