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John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

The multi-faceted impact of Lehman

30 November 2008  |  5208 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

The demise and subsequent break up of Lehman Brothers will provide strong case study material for many MBA courses, for many years. There are several lessons to be learnt beyond the crucial role of customer confidence in business success. For example, there are the difficulties involved in splitting or decoupling the heavily centralised Lehman IT ...

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John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Excel is like a chainsaw

15 October 2008  |  6276 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Excel is a powerful tool. Like a chainsaw, in the hands of a skilled operator it is hugely effective – but in untrained or rushed hands and without the proper safety equipment it can be positively dangerous. This latest story of spreadsheet mayhem is just another illustration of the power to get it wrong. Microsoft themselves understand that for s...

TagsRisk & regulationWholesale bankingGroupOperational Risk Management
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John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

What do Boris Johnson and Wikipedia have in common?

03 October 2008  |  3788 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Well not the most obvious question I know. Boris Johnson – London’s headline grabbing mayor – and Wikipedia – an on-line encyclopaedia with definitions generated and maintained by its users – don’t se...

TagsRetail bankingWholesale bankingGroupTrends in Financial Services
John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Integration skills now key to future banking success

29 September 2008  |  5228 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

As we can see from this news on JP Morgan's takeover of WaMu, hardly a day has gone by over recent weeks without a new banking takeover being announced. The ability of the acquiring banks to merge, in...

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John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

The devil is in the sharing...

04 July 2008  |  14811 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

Whether you call it commission sharing or unbundling, it seems a deceptively simple process, at the conceptual level at least – you normally split the commission on an equity deal into at least two el...

TagsWholesale bankingGroupMiFID
John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Cross words over Sudoku, well then use poker?

31 May 2008  |  4941 views  |  1 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

So why this cryptic title? Well, if, like me, you have picked up a newspaper one evening over recent weeks and flicked through past the natural disasters, credit crunch and housing crises to try to fi...

TagsWholesale bankingGroupTrends in Financial Services
John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Vocalink seek wider market for UK Faster Payments

20 March 2008  |  4531 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 1

My previous blog on Faster Payments posed the question whether some/all UK banks were seeing Faster Payments as an opportunity or sideshow? Still an open question I believe. So it was interesting to ...

TagsPaymentsGroupUK Faster Payments
John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Faster Payments May Date - opportunity or sideshow?

12 February 2008  |  5686 views  |  1 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

If you are going to delay a major financial sector initiative then six months is probably the minimum delay that makes sense. Anything shorter does not give institutions time to react, and anything mu...

TagsPaymentsGroupUK Faster Payments
John Cant
John CantMPI Europe Ltd - London

Polarisation, not extinction - the future exchanges

28 January 2008  |  4687 views  |  0 comments | recommendations Recommends 0

With thoughts switching from MiFID compliance to the post MiFID impact on markets, here is a brief summary of some research on the probable impact on smaller European equity markets. The traditional ...

TagsTrade executionWholesale bankingGroupMiFID
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