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Who am I?

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I’m sitting in the house. It’s snowing. Look. This is big news. We don't get snow in Britain anymore. Global warming saw to that. So when it's snowing, it's major news headlines. Non-stop BBC reports saying: "it's snowing". And so it's snowing, and Britain has stopped. Literally. Everything has closed …

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No wonder we’re getting rid of cheques

Gordon Brown bounced cheque

With the announcement that the cheque is ending its existence in 2018, I wonder whether Gordon Brown inspired this decision. This is because one of his cheques bounced way back in 1972, during his student days.     It was sold on eBay for £3,100 yesterday (double click to enlarge). …

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3,238 days to the end of the cheque

Cheques

With the news that the cheque will end its life as a valid payments instrument in the UK on 31st October 2018, it's worth reminding all that it's not just old people who use them: But that the main usage is with businesses, who want to keep cheques. Because they …

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40 days of the PSD

PSD progress, December 2009

It's forty days since the introduction of the Payment Services Directive (PSD), so there has been lots of chat about the PSD this week, and how it’s working or not working. Derogations and interpretations are rife, with the hottest and most contentious issue being the fact that charges are now …

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40 days of the PSD

PSD progress, December 2009

It's forty days since the introduction of the Payment Services Directive (PSD), so there has been lots of chat about the PSD this week, and how it’s working or not working. Derogations and interpretations are rife, with the hottest and most contentious issue being the fact that charges are now …

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40 days of the PSD

PSD progress, December 2009

It's forty days since the introduction of the Payment Services Directive (PSD), so there has been lots of chat about the PSD this week, and how it’s working or not working. Derogations and interpretations are rife, with the hottest and most contentious issue being the fact that charges are now …

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Real-time spells the end of the treasurer

I’ve had a couple of good debates in the last week or so about the value of real-time everything. Everything is instant, immediate, no waiting, it’s real-time. We expect instant gratification in everything we do and, any waiting, it’s click and delete. Case in point: the PC gets stuck. How …

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Real-time spells the end of the treasurer

I’ve had a couple of good debates in the last week or so about the value of real-time everything. Everything is instant, immediate, no waiting, it’s real-time. We expect instant gratification in everything we do and, any waiting, it’s click and delete. Case in point: the PC gets stuck. How …

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Mobile Payments: the battleground of the future

Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, CEO of mobile payments and financial solutions firm Luup, presented at the FSClub the other day. He spun an interesting story, particularly around the tripartite models emerging of mobile financial services, where they are either bank-led, carrier-led or a bank-carrier partnership. The latter is probably harder than …

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The Card Awards 2010

Last year, I was a judge with the Card Awards. This year I couldn't make it, but they have just announced the shortlist. Here it is: Best New Credit Card Product of the Year Barclaycard – Barclaycard Goldfish Low Rate ProductEgg – Egg Money World MasterCardLeeds United and LaSer UK …

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Interesting stats from the Payments Council

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Just received a press release from the UK Payments Council that makes interesting reading.  The figures show that spending by card, cheque, cash and automated payments over the last six years has changed little, beyond the usual variance to consumers' payment habits, despite the difficult economic conditions. The latest quarterly …

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