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Ross McGill

Convergence? what convergence?

Is it me or does there seem to be a lack of convergence on the subject of security in internet banking these days? From a user perspective I have accounts with ING, Nationwide and Barclays to name bu...

19 Dec 2007
Innovation in Financial Services
Retired Member

Phishing losses story lacks credibility

A survey of more than 4500 online US adults results in oh so many details about monetary losses because of phishing. How is it possible to be so conclusive? Details on the methodologies employed in ...

17 Dec 2007
Ross McGill

Indecent Exposure - keep your SOX on in bed!

I see that financiers have noticed that there's been a 12.4% increase in de-listings of foreign companies on US exchanges. The explanation appears to be either "a pent up demand to leave the US&...

05 Dec 2007
Innovation in Financial Services
Sriram Natarajan

Mobile number as citizen ID - Part II

Further to my jottings to on the subject of using mobile numbers as citizen IDs, I thought I would get more into details on the subject. Mobile phones can be the tipping point of reaching out the 'ne...

04 Dec 2007
Retired Member

Metadata catches politicians out again...and again..

What is it about politics and embarrassing metadata? UK readers will be familiar with the row about dodgy political donations that is currently surrounding the Labour party. It was perhaps only a ma...

03 Dec 2007
Information Security
Sriram Natarajan

Mobile phone number as an ID!

Just the other day, I was reading a series of reports by Boston Consulting Report (BCG). Normally, such reports use statistics like a drunk using a lamp-post - for support than illumination. But these...

02 Dec 2007
Ross McGill

Do banks get more sensitive to tax in tough economic times?

It's always seemed strange to me that people only get really interested in withholding tax when economic times start getting tough. The sub-prime mess which has led to a range of spin-off crises at b...

26 Nov 2007
Retired Member

Banks are at risk if we dont keep up mortgages repayments

So we have seen some high profile casualties in the subprime triggered credit crunch from both the corporation and personnel perspective and I am sure we will see further cases in the coming weeks and...

22 Nov 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Retired Member

What happened to common sense?

The latest government data loss story beggars belief. It does make you wonder what would happen if we were stupid enough to introduce an ID cards scheme. I'm putting my money where my mouth is at www...

21 Nov 2007
Retired Member

ILP - it's always someone else's fault

Given that much of my time spent in conversations around metadata leakage being someone else's fault / responsibility, it was fascinating to watch the Chancellor's performance in the House this aftern...

20 Nov 2007
Information Security
Retired Member

Decade of Weather Derivatives Markets!!!

After nearly a decade of weather derivatives trading, the exchange traded weather risk products started picking up in volumes and popularity, but still there are a lots of interesting points to observ...

20 Nov 2007
MiFID
Alan Goodrich

Smarter Than A Ten Year Old?

Sorry, this is not a blog discussing the new TV series, but it hopefully will hold your attention at least as long as the programme makers hope their latest show will. Much is being written and discus...

07 Nov 2007
Trends in Financial Services