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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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Lloyds’ Olympian Challenge


It’s Friday, it’s summertime and it’s the day the London 2012 Olympics begin. Fantastic. Tonight’s opening ceremony should be amazing and so, rather than talking about banking today, I thought I would talk about banking Olympians. Lloyds Bank were one of the first to sponsor the London Olympics. They have …

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Metro Bank: 200 branches by 2020


A couple of years ago, I was talking a lot about Metro Bank. The reason being that it is Britain’s first brand spanking new retail bank in living memory. The bank has since received lots of free publicity as the media love an upstart, but I have not blogged much …

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Is your boss a demented maniac? I hope so

I’ve spent a long time working for maniacs, idiots and psychopaths, and now I know why: that’s what it takes to get to the top in banking technology circles. It’s been scientifically proven too – to get to the top of a company, you need to stay there a long …

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Is the Queen worth it?


I was travelling on British Airways the other day, and really enjoyed their article in Business Life Magazine about how much the Queen costs the economy, As a result, I thought it worth posting today as we’re about to head off on a four-day vacation in Britain to celebrate her …

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