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Need a new PC? Make do and mend.

A couple of weeks ago a friend called me, worried that after clicking on a link in an email seemingly via Facebook from a friend she knew, "some virus thing came up" and the PC was now real...

11 Dec 2008
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
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What Do You Want In Identity?

I thought I'd start again with a theoretical discussion to try and stimulate a little thought on what we want from 'identity'. What is identity? Answers gives us: The collective aspect of the set of...

11 Dec 2008
Whatever...
Steve Ellis

Dick Hardt: Mr Identity 2.0 joins Microsoft

Given the subject of identity comes up fairly frequently within the Finx blogs, especially in relation to security, it may be of interest to know that Microsoft has hired Dick Hardt to support its eff...

10 Dec 2008
Finance 2.0
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 p...

10 Dec 2008
Finextra50 fintech index
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The lessons of life

So you’ve worked hard and got your degree – but is that enough? Some think not. The CBI is urging more universities to prepare students for the world of world by teaching them soft skills like communi...

10 Dec 2008
Women in Technology
Olivier Berthier

Trade Finance sneaking back into the limelight

... as a saviour or a culprit? For years, trade finance has quietly gone about its own business providing the essential oil that keeps the cogs of commerce turning. It was never a dinner party topic a...

10 Dec 2008
Financial Supply Chain
Elton Cane

Vendor risk: The tables have turned

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 ...

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
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Online financial sites are popular. Do they threaten banks?

It depends on the goal of the site. Financial product comparison services like moneyaisle.com or filife.com are more an opportunity than a threat to the banks. If a bank has good products or conditio...

09 Dec 2008
Finance 2.0
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

John Thain: The dumbest act on Wall Street

Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain has a reputation as the smartest guy on Wall Street. But his request to the bank's board for a $5-$10 million bonus for rescuing Merrill Lynch from a fate worse than Lehm...

09 Dec 2008