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SEPA end date set for 1st February 2014

The European Parliament agreed the SEPA end-date today, making it legally binding for banks to offer SEPA payment processes from 1st February 2014. Here's the Parliament's press release: Cross-border bank transfers should become faster, cheaper and safer for EU citizens thanks to "single European payments area" legislation passed by Parliament …

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£ $ € ¥ …元/圆: the Rise of Renminbi

We have a continual dialogue about Renminbi (RMB), or Chinese Yuan (CNY) if you prefer.  What’s the difference?  Well, Remnimbi is the proper term for the Chinese currency, as is referring to UK currency as the Pound Sterling and the American currency as the Dollar; whilst Yuan is the more …

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Forget cashless and branchless, it’ll never happen

There are regular discussions at the Financial Services Club, conferences and meetings about the cashless, branchless future. Visa and MasterCard are huge advocates of a war on cash, as are the mobile wallet providers. Brett King and the Bank 2.0 crowd talk lots about a branchless world of banking and …

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Forget cashless and branchless, it’ll never happen

There are regular discussions at the Financial Services Club, conferences and meetings about the cashless, branchless future. Visa and MasterCard are huge advocates of a war on cash, as are the mobile wallet providers. Brett King and the Bank 2.0 crowd talk lots about a branchless world of banking and …

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Only 1 in 10 banks succeed in being a ‘trusted advisor’

Trusted advisor

I delivered a presentation at the Association of Corporate Treasurer’s (ACT) conference on the relationship between corporate treasurer’s and their bank advisor called: Corporate-to-Bank Relationships: Brilliant or Broken? View more presentations from Chris Skinner. The ACT used the title of this presentation as a question in the interactive voting at …

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What’s in a Treasurer’s Head?

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I presented a keynote at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) conference in London the other day … … and it was interesting. Various discussions about all sorts of things you would expect – FX Hedging, Eurozone exposures, Basel III, counterparty risks, liquidity, leverage, etc – and a few you don’t …

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What’s in a Treasurer’s Head?

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I presented a keynote at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) conference in London the other day … … and it was interesting. Various discussions about all sorts of things you would expect – FX Hedging, Eurozone exposures, Basel III, counterparty risks, liquidity, leverage, etc – and a few you don’t …

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Is SEPA Happening and Does It Matter?

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We had our annual pantomime debate at the Financial Services Club this week, with a classical Oxford style debate about whether SEPA, the Single Euro Payments Area, matters or not. This year, with the backdrop of the Eurozone implosion, the debate was far livelier than usual, with a lot of …

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Is SEPA Happening and Does It Matter?

SEPA debate1

We had our annual pantomime debate at the Financial Services Club this week, with a classical Oxford style debate about whether SEPA, the Single Euro Payments Area, matters or not. This year, with the backdrop of the Eurozone implosion, the debate was far livelier than usual, with a lot of …

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Who the hell needs biometrics in banking?

Biometrics isn’t discussed that much at banking conferences these days. Most of the time, when I raise the topic, there’s a groan from the banking audience. “Oh, been there, done that.” The usual view is that biometrics doesn’t work.  It’s too flakey.  Too many false positives and false negatives, as …

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