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Fawlty Towers Conferencing

I think the last 24 hours must be a record for the catalogue of amusing errors, in hindsight, experienced during a brief visit to the Middle East.  I’m here for a two-day conference and cannot believe the journey down here. It starts off with a …

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Fawlty Towers Conferencing

I think the last 24 hours must be a record for the catalogue of amusing errors, in hindsight, experienced during a brief visit to the Middle East.  I’m here for a two-day conference and cannot believe the journey down here. It starts off with a …

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Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail …

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Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail …

Read More »

Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail …

Read More »

Enterprise Banking? Get Real!

I’m intrigued about bank organisational structures and how they have little integration, as a few recent projects I’ve been involved with have shown the cracks in these organisations.  In a retail bank, we were talking about internet, call centre, ATM and branch with the retail …

Read More »

Read your history here folks: the Shekel

Apologies to anyone in the FinanSer community who felt my discussion of the origins of money were disparaging any religious sensitivities.  I was merely stating a historical fact.  Nevertheless, apparently some people do not know their history, so here’s a little more depth on the …

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But barter is better than cash

Since time immemorial, folks have bartered and haggled over goods and services.  It’s the nature of society, which is why we have swap shops, car boot sales and markets.  “C’mon, c’mon, roll up, roll up, 3 for a £1 today”. “Ere mate, I’ll give you …

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But barter is better than cash

Since time immemorial, folks have bartered and haggled over goods and services.  It’s the nature of society, which is why we have swap shops, car boot sales and markets.  “C’mon, c’mon, roll up, roll up, 3 for a £1 today”. “Ere mate, I’ll give you …

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But barter is better than cash

Since time immemorial, folks have bartered and haggled over goods and services.  It’s the nature of society, which is why we have swap shops, car boot sales and markets.  “C’mon, c’mon, roll up, roll up, 3 for a £1 today”. “Ere mate, I’ll give you …

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But cash is better than cashless

After my discussion yesterday of cashless economies, and my blogs before about a cashless world such as this one, I find that nearly all of the cashless discussions come from the card companies.  For example, Peter Ayliffe, CEO of Visa Europe, made a statement in …

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Buddy, can you spare a dime?

A whole raft of headlines over the weekend to cheer up the weary investment banker. First, there’s the news that BNP and Credit Agricole are going to fight over ownership of SocGen, after the French bank declared almost $10 billion in losses from rogue traders …

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Yacrosoft?

After writing my piece on Microsoft, they announced their $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo! Right or wrong choice? As I said in December, they should buy into the future and hence Facebook or something less over-valued in the Web 2.0+ world.  Nearly $45 billion seems …

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Yacrosoft?

After writing my piece on Microsoft, they announced their $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo! Right or wrong choice? As I said in December, they should buy into the future and hence Facebook or something less over-valued in the Web 2.0+ world.  Nearly $45 billion seems …

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Yacrosoft?

After writing my piece on Microsoft, they announced their $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo! Right or wrong choice? As I said in December, they should buy into the future and hence Facebook or something less over-valued in the Web 2.0+ world.  Nearly $45 billion seems …

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