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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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Financial brands falling (again)

Interbrand published their Global Top Brands report yesterday, which makes for interesting reading. The world’s most valuable brand is still Coca-Cola, followed closely by Apple and IBM. Tech firms feature heavily in the list, with Google and Microsoft in fourth and fifth place, Intel in eighth and Samsung in ninth …

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Which bank is the biggest winner and loser?


There’s a great interactive review of investment banking markets on the Financial Times today. The chart compares the fortunes of ten investment banks: Bank of America; Barclays; Citi; Credit Suisse; Deutsche; Goldman Sachs; JPMorgan; Morgan Stanley; Royal Bank of Scotland; and UBS. You can check out how their revenues, employee …

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Do you believe in NFC?


I ‘ve been talking about contactless for years now  - I remember talking about the Octopus card system about ten years ago after it launched in Hong Kong in 1997 – and still find it surprising how invisible it is. Sure it got some coverage at the Olympics but some, like Forrester, …

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