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Paul Penrose

Winterflood's bare-naked brokers promise Full Monty

This urge for City types to bare all in public is getting out of hand. No doubt inspired by the shameless exploits of the Team Bearing Bank tube video strippers, four brash young things from Winterflo...

30 Mar 2007
Whatever...
Paul Penrose

Inside the Blackstone IPO

Private equity has grown fat on critiquing the operation of public companies. The Blackstone IPO offers a rare opportunity to turn the tables. As part of its filing with the SEC, Blackstone issued a...

29 Mar 2007
Finextra50 fintech index
Paul Penrose

Smart money freezes out Ice in favour of CME

Where's the smart money going on the likely outcome of the ongoing tug-of-war for the Chicago Board of Trade (Cbot)? Dublin-based person-to-person trading mart Intrade has listed 4 new markets on the...

28 Mar 2007
Finextra50 fintech index
Paul Penrose

Does Tom Glocer really blog?

That was the question asked by Andrew Martin at The New Marketing blog site. He'd noticed that postings to Tom Glocer's blog seemed to be made by two individuals. The first is Tom Glocer who has po...

20 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

Book your tickets to Boston

Registration for Swift's annual conference and exhibition, Sibos 2007, officially opens today. Taking place in Boston, US, from 1 to 5 October 2007, the theme of this year's event is 'Gaining momentu...

19 Mar 2007
Finextra@Sibos
Elton Cane

ABN AMRO carve-up: the IT implications

The business pages over the weekend featured coverage of the merger talks between Barclays and ABN AMRO. Whether or not Barclays succeeds, the pressure from hedge fund investors and the number of oth...

19 Mar 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Elton Cane

Algorithmic trading adoption on the buy side

I've noticed a trend among recent conferences I've attended: a growing number of sell-side firms sending along their business development and product managers to speak about algorithmic trading. Whil...

14 Mar 2007
John Cant

Digital Alcohol

I am just back from an entertaining and informative session at SunLive07, with particular items of note including two MiFID experts (Bob Fuller of Equiduct and Nick Gibson of ABN) actually agreeing on...

13 Mar 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

Ice, ice baby

Icap broker Johnny Black and fintech headhunter Chris Mike have posted a video of their charity striptease at Bank tube station on video-sharing Web site YouTube. As it’s all in aid of a good cause...

13 Mar 2007
Video extravaganza
Paul Penrose

Reuters to take on MySpace

Reuters is working on plans to develop a professional networking service for fund managers, traders and analysts. Pitching the project to Guardian journalists as a “version of MySpace for the financ...

07 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

City gents to bare all at Bank tube station

Icap broker Johnny Black and fintech headhunter Chris Mike are going to extreme lengths to publicise their forthcoming charity race to the North Pole. The two City gents have formed Team Bearing 360 N...

05 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

Baptism of fire for Reg NMS

As leading FTSE shares post triple-digital losses in London this morning, the markets await with trepidation the response from Wall Street. The continuing slide in stocks in London follows further rev...

05 Mar 2007