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1970's Revisited

The twenty-teenies look to me as if they'll be a replay of the 1970's, here in the UK. No, I don't mean loon pants, two-tones, bad hairdos, glam-rock and tank-tops (but you never know...). No, I mean...

19 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking
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1.6bn goldmine for City workers

I've noticed my journey into work appears to be taking longer on the Northern Line these days with a deal of waiting around at Kennington. So - plenty of time to read the Metro - the free paper - whic...

17 Dec 2008
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Credit Reports - A Tax By Another Name

I've never received a letter quite like the one I received, over the weekend, from one of my credit card providers. It started with the sentence "Please sign and return the attached application ...

16 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking
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A Strictly Important Lesson To Learn

UK residents couldn't have possibly missed the furore about "Strictly Come Dancing" on Saturday - either as viewers of the programme or as observers of the news media subsequently. The even...

15 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking
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Forcing Banks to Lend Part 3

If anyone needed convincing that interfering with 'proper' lending decisions by forcing banks to lend makes things worse, they need only look at the latest HBOS numbers. Huge increases in bad debts f...

12 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking
Peter J Cooper

One Million Jobs Lost Globally - More To Come

In September, I blogged here on Finextra saying (paraphrased) 'sell NOW, we have already, it is going to get a lot more ugly and could be worse than 1929'. By my count the global job losses (based on...

11 Dec 2008
Innovation in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

Stat of the year: That ABN Amro valuation revisited

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 pa...

10 Dec 2008
Finextra50 fintech index
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A Good Wedge Off The National Debt...?

Maybe Ally Dally and GB are cleverer than some people thought. I know it's early days, but it's possible that the recovery of bank share prices could ultimately save the country descending into bankr...

09 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking
Peter Kinahan

Banks failing in personal finance online proposition

Although Quicken has been around for decades, it's new tool is just another example of how innovation in the online personal financial services sphere is being driven, not by banks, but by more imagi

09 Dec 2008
Finance 2.0
Paul Penrose

CheckFree hack sets off alarm bells

The Washington Post's Security Fix blog has dug a little deeper into the attack on CheckFree's bill payment Website last week. CheckFree has admitted that hackers had, for several hours, redirected v...

08 Dec 2008
Alex Noble

Finding good news in contact centres

I know it's boring if I begin every post with a regret that I haven't had much time to blog, but it's true and it's why the posting frequency has dropped so much. The news these past few weeks has be...

08 Dec 2008
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Reaction To Interest Rate Cut

One hopes that the MPC has considered fully what will be the consequences of the rate cut. Presumably, they think that this cut will help get the economy moving by encouraging people to spend. I'm n...

05 Dec 2008
Transaction Banking