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Finextra50 fintech index

The Finextra50 Financial Technology Index is a free-float value weighted index of the world's leading companies that provide technology-based products and services to the financial services industry. It was set at an indexed value of 100 at market close on Friday 4th May 2007. This is a community for discussing the index, its movements and wider M and A activity in the fintech world.
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Hedge Funds Turning to I-Banking

05 June 2009  |  7811 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Last month Citadel Investment Group announced that it is launching an investment banking division. The company sees huge potential for transactions going forward, and given its outsize capital base, has the distribution network and liquidity at its disposal to execute. Other firms could follow suit, such as publicly-held Fortress (FIG). But ...

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Paul PenroseFinextra - London

Smoke, mirrors and financial accounting

22 April 2009  |  13003 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

How did the basket-cases of the US banking industry manage to post such, relatively, healthy results? It's all done by sleight of hand, as Dealbook helpfully explains. I particularly liked Goldman Sachs' stunt of simply eliminating a bad month from its quarterly report. That's financial genius at work. Are US banking executives so schooled in ...

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Paul PenroseFinextra - London

Stat of the year: That ABN Amro valuation revisited

10 December 2008  |  10073 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A variation on this stat has been doing the rounds for a few weeks now, so forgive me if you've seen it before. I picked this up from the aptly-named Doomsday Report blog. In October last year, RBS ...

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Elton Canewriter & tech geek - Brisbane

Vendor risk: The tables have turned

10 December 2008  |  9616 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

I was speaking to a software vendor last night who recently had a big project go live at one of the UK's largest banks. When the project was first signed, the vendor was quite a small company (though ...

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Elton Canewriter & tech geek - Brisbane

Successful Citi tech spin-outs

04 November 2008  |  9468 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

This story got me thinking about how many businesses have been spun out of Citi's tech and business support subsidiaries over the years. Besides the sale of this unit, and the BPO unit that went to TC...

Elton Canewriter & tech geek - Brisbane

Breaking down a bank's IT budget

31 October 2008  |  8823 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

It's not often that you see a full breakdown of exactly how much money a bank has spent on different projects within its overall IT budget. At least not in the public domain. But at Westpac's earnings...

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Elton Canewriter & tech geek - Brisbane

Conflicting views on software and IT services spend

20 August 2008  |  6851 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Further to my recent post -- It's not all doom and gloom for financial technology -- I've been reading a few predictions for IT spending in 2009. Some choose to focus on the positive -- for e.g. ...

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Elton Canewriter & tech geek - Brisbane

It's not all doom and gloom for financial technology

30 July 2008  |  6878 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

While banks might be cutting rates for IT contractors - see Navjeet's blog post from last month, and the Barclays announcement yesterday - it seems quite a few vendors are still doing well. For...

TagsRetail bankingWholesale banking
Paul PenroseFinextra - London

Egg looks fragile as Citi begins sell-off

11 July 2008  |  5806 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Citi's decision to offload its profitable retail business in Germany could mark the start of a major re-alignment for the US bank's vast overseas network. Citi has announced plans to shed $400 billio...

TagsOnline bankingRetail banking
Paul PenroseFinextra - London

Just how much is Thomson Reuters worth?

08 July 2008  |  6395 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Further to my previous post on Merrill Lynch's ruminations over whether or not to shed its 20% stake in Bloomberg (Just how rich is Michael Bloomberg?), maybe we should also be asking: Just how much...

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