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Chris Skinner
Interests: wine, good food, networking, chris runs marathons, chops down trees, wears high heels, suspenders and a bra ... sorry, that's not right. chris enjoys travel, women and song ... sorry, that's a bit out of order. chris just gets about a lot. oh shoot ...
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I wake up today with the usual massive dump of emails, two of which looked a bit suspect. The first is from DHL, saying my shipment is cancelled. I don’t use DHL and expect no shipment from them, so delete... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Banking Lawyer Cohen Challenges ‘Punish-the-Bank' View 2 things could seriously hurt Wall Street banks in 2016 Spanish Bank BBVA Hires Barclays Top Tech Executive Smartphone-based UK bank gets additional £48m backing Bowie's financial innovation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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I was reflecting on something this morning that is endemic to both banks and technology providers. How do you provide great service to global clients? Image courtesy of Global Integration The issue is that most companies are split into three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
I said yesterday that bitcoin would be superseded by a corporate-backed digital currency, but not all would agree. Therefore in the spirit of fairness, a great article appeared on Coindesk last week by Tuur Demeester and I decided to finish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
There are a lot of Fintech forecasts out there but two of the best I spotted were by David Gyori and Pascal Bouvier, so I decided to take the areas I agree with most to provide a few headline Fintech... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Late last year SourceMedia released findings of a survey of US CIO's that found the major focus for spending in IT in banks in 2016 would be on security systems. The only area of decreasing spend was on desktops. Interestingly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Accenture have produced a nice infographic and more, detailing the top 10 challenges for investment banks in 2016. Due to my limited wifi connectivity, I'll just give you the headlines here but, if you have time, it's well worth copying... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
That's not 2,016 banking predictions, which could be good, but banking predictions for the year 2016. Happy New Year. As is usual at the start of the year, I normally make a bunch of predictions about what will happen in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Atom Is First UK Mobile-Only Bank To Receive License Slowing UK growth leaves Bank of England unhurried on rates Deutsche Bank's suspicious Russian trades count rises to $10 billion Hidden in plain sight: Big... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... A bank persuaded Twitter to delete my tweets Plot to bank in libraries could put you at risk of fraud Number Of People Using Non-Bank Options To Manage Their Money Could Double In 2016... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Trader has rate-rigging sentence cut Long wait for a statesmanlike banker Alibaba names new head of anti-counterfeiting, IP unit Small banks told: you will be hit by bonus cap Jailed Libor rigger Tom Hayes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Metro Bank Plots London Float 'Within Weeks' The Bank of Japan Lays an Egg Treasury hires RBS and Barclays to run state bank accounts Challenger bank boss says smaller UK lenders would be better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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It puts things in perspective when you realise that bitcoin, right now, is the size of a bacteria sitting on a microbe of a flea's skin, with the flea sitting on the back of the dog that's walking with the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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Our main stories this week include ... 2015 was the year of the blockchain The world is still very confused about bitcoin. For example, some press are still writing the old stories about the phenomena as an investment: Man buys... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
As it’s almost holiday time, I’m going to stop blogging for a while, so here’s the final blog post of 2015 and it’s the ten most read blog posts of 2015. In at number 10: #10: After the glitch, RBS... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Apple to launch Apple Pay in China, take on Alibaba, Tencent City regulator criticised after RBS investigation is pushed back As Fed fog lifts, central bankers keep puzzling over China Bill Winters lines up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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Yes, 2015 was the year that the Fintech bubble exploded. It hasn’t burst yet, but it’s clear that Fintech is the word of 2015. Everyone is talking unicorns, start-ups, disruption, Fintech ... Stolen from Marc Hemmerling ... and yet this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25% Major U.S. banks raise prime rates after Fed rate hike When the Fed last raised rates New year, new legal bills for the forex-rigging banks Santander leads... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
The other big trend in 2015 has been the noticeable move of banks away from Big Data to Data Analytics. Some say it’s all about the Small Data, but it’s more about the Context of Data. Contextual Data is what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Ex-Barclays chairman David Walker takes blockchain job Australia banks agree Android Pay deal, Apple Pay still frozen out Bankers' bonus cap drives up salaries, says Bank of England Andrew Tyrie, head of Treasury Committee,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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Another key development of 2015 has been the open sourcing of bank services. I’ve talked for a while now about Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) – first blog entry almost seven years ago – and this forecast that anyone in the near future... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... Banking's 'Uber moment' is already happening — 100,000 bankers lost their jobs in 2015 Transcript: FT City Network on cyber crime Ex-Wall St stars swap banking for fintech The computer virus that blackmails you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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Looking back on 2015, it’s obvious that blockchain was the big focus as mentioned last week. There were other things though, particularly the increasingly intriguing wallet wars. Mobile wallet wars have been bubbling for a while, with stagnant attempts to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
Things we're reading today include ... New IT glitch hits RBS's long-suffering customers hit Who is responsible for the eurozone crisis? The simple answer: Germany Sabadell rules out buying more banks in blow to challengers Chinese billionaire re-emerges after 'disappearance'... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog
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Our main stories this week include ... 2015 was the year of the blockchain The world is still very confused about bitcoin. For example, some press are still writing the old stories about the phenomena as an investment: Man buys... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at The Financial Services Club's Blog