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Five predictions: were they right?

Misery

Back in January, I made five firm predictions for banking in 2009. Those predictions were: More major European and American banks disappear There will be some spectacular failures in the BRIC economies A Global Financial Regulatory Body is formed The US will drop IFRS Solvent banks gain major market share. …

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Your next employee (Part Two)

Back in August, I blogged about the new generation of employee. This week, I joined a presentation with JP Rangaswami to talk about the impact of technology on our lives, and the subject of Gen Y and the new generation of staff came up again. For those of you who …

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A happy medium for marcroprudential supervision

In the dialogue of the past week or so, an interesting theme has emerged. The theme is globally harmonised rules. In fact, there appears to be a tectonic plate shift towards some form of global neutrality. What I mean by this is that historically, the English have disliked the French …

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Who’s afraid of Tesco Bank?

Terry Leahy

Just back from Athens at a conference on retail banking with the star attraction being yours truly … well, I thought I was the star attraction until the post-lunch heavyweight speaker Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive of Tesco, turned up … I remember hearing Tim Mason, Tesco's Marketing Director, back …

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Fragmenting the banking structure

Cisco

Most banks have evolved from days of branches and large offices, to banks with multiple channels of distribution and extensive technology backbones. The issue banks have with this structure is that the technology backbone is broken. This is well illustrated by a comment from one payments manager who said to …

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Russia’s nerves creates massive volatility

After my meetings in Moscow last week, I’m wondering whether there is a Russian model of investing that could work with our Anglo-Saxon world of trading and meeting one of the key guys at MICEX, the Moscow International Currency Exchange (nothing to do with one’s gender), gave me a different …

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Russia’s nerves creates massive volatility

After my meetings in Moscow last week, I’m wondering whether there is a Russian model of investing that could work with our Anglo-Saxon world of trading and meeting one of the key guys at MICEX, the Moscow International Currency Exchange (nothing to do with one’s gender), gave me a different …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Gordon Brown’s Tobin Tax … duh?

Cisco

Many of us thought it a bit weird that Gordon Brown suggested bringing back the Tobin Tax last weekend during the G20 summit.  The idea is to tax every financial transaction, just a little bit, one or two cents on each … this way you can build up a fund …

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Does customer service in banking matter?

Cisco

When talking with bankers, they refer to banking as "a utility". It’s just something that’s there, like gas and electricity. It’s not valuable or differentiated and no-one wakes up wondering how their payment will take place. That’s why it’s not priced or serviced as something of value, but just thrown …

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Does customer service in banking matter?

Cisco

When talking with bankers, they refer to banking as "a utility". It’s just something that’s there, like gas and electricity. It’s not valuable or differentiated and no-one wakes up wondering how their payment will take place. That’s why it’s not priced or serviced as something of value, but just thrown …

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Bankers good or evil: the full monty

The posts I've made over the last week about whether bankers are good or bad for society are now complete. Having said that, you may want to download the slides or script. Here are the slides: Are Bankers Good or Bad for Society (download) View more documents from Chris Skinner. …

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