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Things worth reading: 9th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include … Lloyds Banking Group boosts Brown with £2.3bn bailout repayment (Times)Lloyds to close Cheltenham & Gloucester branches (Telegraph)Standard Chartered's traditional approach pays off  (Telegraph) BlackRock nears $13bn BGI deal (Financial Times) Citi confirms plan to raise $33bn (Financial Times)GM and …

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Things worth reading: 9th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include … Lloyds Banking Group boosts Brown with £2.3bn bailout repayment (Times)Lloyds to close Cheltenham & Gloucester branches (Telegraph)Standard Chartered's traditional approach pays off  (Telegraph) BlackRock nears $13bn BGI deal (Financial Times) Citi confirms plan to raise $33bn (Financial Times)GM and …

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Time for the Gangsters?

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A new film comes out in July called Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. It’s the story of John Dillinger, who went on a rampage of bank robbing in 1933-34, and gained notoriety as a kind of Robin Hood gangster anti-hero. At the …

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Time for the Gangsters?

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A new film comes out in July called Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. It’s the story of John Dillinger, who went on a rampage of bank robbing in 1933-34, and gained notoriety as a kind of Robin Hood gangster anti-hero. At the …

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Things worth reading: 8th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include: Technology: Unconfirmed Reports of Massive T-Mobile Breach (Secure Channel)Nationwide online banking glitch (BBC) Companies: Lloyds Banking Group boosts Brown with £2.3bn bailout repayment (Times)Barclays in $13bn talks to sell BGI to BlackRock (Telegraph)Iceland to repay £2bn UK savings (BBC) UK: FSA …

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Things worth reading: 8th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include: Technology: Unconfirmed Reports of Massive T-Mobile Breach (Secure Channel)Nationwide online banking glitch (BBC) Companies: Lloyds Banking Group boosts Brown with £2.3bn bailout repayment (Times)Barclays in $13bn talks to sell BGI to BlackRock (Telegraph)Iceland to repay £2bn UK savings (BBC) UK: FSA …

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Things worth reading: 6th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include: Victor Blank faces angry Lloyds shareholders (Guardian)Sir Victor Blank soldiers on after 'go right now' outburst (Times)Blank survives stormy Lloyds AGM (Financial Times) The post-crisis financial architecture, speech by Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB Economies of …

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Webinar the World

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Webinars are growing in popularity as a substitute for conferences this year, particularly as folks can't leave their offices these days due to cost and travel restrictions, so this sort of meeting will no doubt be on the increase. I presented two this week for …

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A Spanish first: Social Banking

There are a few countries / continents where innovation is rife. In Africa, mobile payments are transforming the continent. In Japan, mobile internet banking is changing their world. And in Spain, social finance is top of the agenda. Last year, I noted that BBVA had …

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A Spanish first: Social Banking

There are a few countries / continents where innovation is rife. In Africa, mobile payments are transforming the continent. In Japan, mobile internet banking is changing their world. And in Spain, social finance is top of the agenda. Last year, I noted that BBVA had …

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Things worth reading: 5th June 2009

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Things we're reading today include: UK: Aon scores own goal as staff get shirty over Man Utd sponsorship (Telegraph)Paulson loses $165m on Barclays position (Financial Times)Scammers divert bank phone calls (Telegraph) Europe: Santander plans €2.5bn preference share issue (Financial Times)Landesbanken ready for sector consolidation (Financial Times) European banks …

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Things worth reading: 4th June 2009

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Things we’re reading today include … Companies: Barclays to close pension to 17,000 workers (Times)Lloyds Banking Group to cut a further 510 jobs (Telegraph) Markets: Exchanges warn on OTC clearing (Financial Times) Merkel mauls central banks(Financial Times) FDIC stalls sale of toxic loans (Financial Times) …

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Things worth reading: 4th June 2009

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Things we’re reading today include … Companies: Barclays to close pension to 17,000 workers (Times)Lloyds Banking Group to cut a further 510 jobs (Telegraph) Markets: Exchanges warn on OTC clearing (Financial Times) Merkel mauls central banks(Financial Times) FDIC stalls sale of toxic loans (Financial Times) …

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Things worth reading: 4th June 2009

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Things we’re reading today include … Companies: Barclays to close pension to 17,000 workers (Times)Lloyds Banking Group to cut a further 510 jobs (Telegraph) Markets: Exchanges warn on OTC clearing (Financial Times) Merkel mauls central banks(Financial Times) FDIC stalls sale of toxic loans (Financial Times) …

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What sort of advert is that?

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Walking around the City, one of our bright London cabs drove by and it made me wonder: Is that a commercial for Barclays or a Barclays commercial? Either way, we're not as thick as Barclays think or they wouldn't have to spell it out for …

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What sort of advert is that?

Barclays Commercial

Walking around the City, one of our bright London cabs drove by and it made me wonder: Is that a commercial for Barclays or a Barclays commercial? Either way, we're not as thick as Barclays think or they wouldn't have to spell it out for …

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A Trade Confidence Index for Asia

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This morning my inbox had a big file full of pdf documents talking about business confidence across Asia courtesy of HSBC.  It was fascinating stuff so here’s the summary: In the first survey of its kind, the HSBC Trade Confidence Index asked 2,100 trade-oriented small …

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