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Fred the Shred becomes Fred the Tread?

There’s a wonderful rumour that’s circulating about Sir Fred Goodwin taking over from Max Mosley as head of Formula 1, the fast car racing league that travels the world in a carnival of cars and cash. It's not a popular rumour with some, as there’s a lot of anger over Sir Fred’s £4.2 million pension…

Bankers deserve their bonuses

I know that this will cause an argument, as I was having this very argument myself, but I cannot let the opportunity pass to report a conversation I was having about City bonuses. The media have a blast every time there’s a rumour of a bonus being paid in a bank, but here’s the rub:…

Alan Greenspan caused this crisis

Back in November 2007, when Alan Greenspan was running around promoting his book, the Age of Turbulence, his kudos was high and standing was great.  It was just a year after leaving office and subprime had hit, but folks thought it was just a $300 billion hole … a mere drop in the ocean. I…

Alan Greenspan caused this crisis

Back in November 2007, when Alan Greenspan was running around promoting his book, the Age of Turbulence, his kudos was high and standing was great.  It was just a year after leaving office and subprime had hit, but folks thought it was just a $300 billion hole … a mere drop in the ocean. I…

BaaS: Banking as a Service

Two weeks ago, I posted two items about why Banking will be free (Part One and Part Two), and this is Part Three in that series.  Banking as a Service (BaaS) is the new version of Banking using the Software as a Service (SaaS) business model.  You’re probably all familiar with SaaS – it’s basically…

BaaS: Banking as a Service

Two weeks ago, I posted two items about why Banking will be free (Part One and Part Two), and this is Part Three in that series. Banking as a Service (BaaS) is the new version of Banking using the Software as a Service (SaaS) business model. You’re probably all familiar with SaaS – it’s basically…

Jamie Dimon: a CCP for OTC is Bad

Speaking of Jamie Dimon’s appearance at Davos, he called upon a rethink of the Central Clearing System for OTC Derivatives that everyone wants to see in play. The clearing and settlement area is the plumbing of financial service, where all risks of sellers or buyers defaulting are managed by the clearer acting as the buyer…

JP Morgan’s premature evacuation

As most banks see the brown stuff hitting the fan, they must be really jealous that JPMorgan seem so clean.  JPM’s CEO Jamie Dimon was one of the few bank chiefs willing to stick his head above the parapets this week at Davos, saying things like:“We gave them (customers) weapons of mass destruction to borrow…

Germany’s banks: Black Swans in White Feathers?

Over the past few months, the liquidity crisis storms have hit Germany as hard as any market. The German government had to bail out HypoReal Estate (HRE) and pumped €500 billion into the banks, a figure that is about to double. The question this raises in my mind is whether there are some more surprises…

Germany’s banks: Black Swans in White Feathers?

Over the past few months, the liquidity crisis storms have hit Germany as hard as any market. The German government had to bail out HypoReal Estate (HRE) and pumped €500 billion into the banks, a figure that is about to double. The question this raises in my mind is whether there are some more surprises…

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