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Top 10 Bank lists for 2008

TIME Magazine has published a long range of Top 10 lists for 2008. This includes the Top 10 Financial Moves: 1. Postpone your losses. 2. Accelerate income. 3. Identify hidden income.4. Defer expenses.5. Get invested for the times.6. Look for bargains.7. Think green.8. Claim your …

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Top 10 Bank lists for 2008

TIME Magazine has published a long range of Top 10 lists for 2008. This includes the Top 10 Financial Moves: 1. Postpone your losses. 2. Accelerate income. 3. Identify hidden income.4. Defer expenses.5. Get invested for the times.6. Look for bargains.7. Think green.8. Claim your …

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Top 10 Bank lists for 2008

TIME Magazine has published a long range of Top 10 lists for 2008. This includes the Top 10 Financial Moves: 1. Postpone your losses. 2. Accelerate income. 3. Identify hidden income.4. Defer expenses.5. Get invested for the times.6. Look for bargains.7. Think green.8. Claim your …

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Is this the biggest fraud ever?

Breaking news today of the arrest of Bernard Madoff in the USA for defrauding investors of $50 billion … $50,000,000,000 … in a ponzi scheme.  Ponzi schemes are like pyramid sales, where you pay the top of the pyramid loads from the investments of people …

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Is this the biggest fraud ever?

Breaking news today of the arrest of Bernard Madoff in the USA for defrauding investors of $50 billion … $50,000,000,000 … in a ponzi scheme.  Ponzi schemes are like pyramid sales, where you pay the top of the pyramid loads from the investments of people …

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HSBC advert from the future

In an elaborate hoax, pranksters have launched a spoof version of The New York Times .  There was a print version and this fascinating website, which is a mockup of the newspaper for July 4th 2009. In the business section is this future advert for …

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The new Lloyds Banking Group

Couple of interesting notes on Lloyds TSB's merger with HBOS, which gained legal clearance from the courts yesterday when the last protests by the Merger Action Group (MAG) were rejected. In City A.M., there was a one page interview with Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of …

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The new Lloyds Banking Group

Couple of interesting notes on Lloyds TSB's merger with HBOS, which gained legal clearance from the courts yesterday when the last protests by the Merger Action Group (MAG) were rejected. In City A.M., there was a one page interview with Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of …

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The new Lloyds Banking Group

Couple of interesting notes on Lloyds TSB's merger with HBOS, which gained legal clearance from the courts yesterday when the last protests by the Merger Action Group (MAG) were rejected. In City A.M., there was a one page interview with Sir Victor Blank, Chairman of …

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More City tidbits …

Joke005

I spotted this story in tonight's newspapers about the exclusive 'posh' builders to the stars, Robin Ellis Construction Services, who went bankrupt today.  Yep, it's another of those cheerful credit crunch stories.  This firm worked with the likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Vanessa …

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Talk to the bot

Yesterday was one of my ‘futurism’ days, where I spend time with bankers envisioning what the future of banking might look like. We talked about all sorts of stuff, including chips inside people for payments and video banking … some of my favourite themes. Then …

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Talk to the bot

Yesterday was one of my ‘futurism’ days, where I spend time with bankers envisioning what the future of banking might look like. We talked about all sorts of stuff, including chips inside people for payments and video banking … some of my favourite themes. Then …

Read More »

Talk to the bot

Yesterday was one of my ‘futurism’ days, where I spend time with bankers envisioning what the future of banking might look like. We talked about all sorts of stuff, including chips inside people for payments and video banking … some of my favourite themes. Then …

Read More »

Banks that are flying

I was amused to read today that two banks are bigging up British Airways by supporting their good intentions. First, Citigroup has created a consortia to buy Gatwick Airport and persuaded former BA CEO, Bob Ayling, to join them. Second, Caja Madrid is a major …

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Banks that are flying

I was amused to read today that two banks are bigging up British Airways by supporting their good intentions. First, Citigroup has created a consortia to buy Gatwick Airport and persuaded former BA CEO, Bob Ayling, to join them. Second, Caja Madrid is a major …

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Banks that are flying

I was amused to read today that two banks are bigging up British Airways by supporting their good intentions. First, Citigroup has created a consortia to buy Gatwick Airport and persuaded former BA CEO, Bob Ayling, to join them. Second, Caja Madrid is a major …

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Clarification re theFinanser

For those of you who have found things confusing of late with the Blog, apologies.  We are revamping the Blog to reflect the Financial Services Club, but the homepage is still theFinanser (although we’ve been redirecting the last couple of days to try some new …

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Clarification re theFinanser

For those of you who have found things confusing of late with the Blog, apologies.  We are revamping the Blog to reflect the Financial Services Club, but the homepage is still theFinanser (although we’ve been redirecting the last couple of days to try some new …

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A couple of City tidbits

There were two stories in yesterday’s news that caught my eye. The first has been bubbling for a while, but came to a conclusion yesterday, with HSBC repurchasing their London Head Office Building back from the man they sold it to a year ago. April …

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