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In Defense of Financial Engineering

These days it's fashionable to beat up on financial engineers and financial innovation in general, and understandably so - this discipline has been at the epicenter of the crisis we are currently faci...

28 Nov 2010
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Brussels spouts!

It used to be okay when Brussels’ euro meddling was limited to the banalities of life, but the remarks attributed to Kay Swinburne (Conservative MEP for Wales) yesterday seem to show a dangerous misu...

26 Nov 2010
Brett King

What Beatles on iTunes means for Banking...

The Beatles are arguably one of the most successful bands of all time, but their foray into the digital music space has long been frustrated. In their first week on the iTunes store, however, the Bea...

26 Nov 2010
Innovation in Financial Services
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Direct Debit fraud - the hidden threat

It is commonly accepted that criminals react very quickly to newly-introduced security measures. Perhaps it is not surprising that as new fraud prevention technologies such as Chip and PIN and two-fac...

25 Nov 2010
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The Tyranny of Friction

My kids have the day off today, and they each invited a friend over to "hang out" (we dare not call it a "playdate" anymore). Eventually the question of lunch arose. The question ...

24 Nov 2010
Finance 2.0
Felitas Aguilar

The credit card in Germany - a Cinderella tale

It is good news that credit cards are the most popular payment method in German e-commerce for the first time. It’s also interesting that 2010 has seen a significant growth in the number of credit car...

24 Nov 2010
Nick Ogden

Avoiding a rear view mirror approach to m-payment security

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta recent report on the risks of mobile payment transfers, highlights the numerous security issues that must be addressed in order for widespread adoption in develope...

24 Nov 2010
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Saab, BMW and Banking

Saab, yes, the car company, has seen quite a bit of turmoil over the last few years. First, there was the takeover by GM and then more recently the sale to Spyker, a Dutch sports car manufacturer. The...

24 Nov 2010
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How do rapid innovations simplify banking customers needs?

With so many banking delivery options, channel innovation should have run out of steam or new ideas. But it’s amazing that its run is still sustaining, fuelled by new technology, consumer evolution a...

24 Nov 2010
Innovation in Financial Services
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Who is going to consolidate all the consolidated tapes?

Couldn’t resist a smile this week when I read that NYSE Technologies will be producing a consolidated tape in 2011. This comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement from Thomson Reuters, statin...

23 Nov 2010
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RANCOUR AND 10M EURO BILL FOLLOWS UBS EMAIL ERROR

Ever clicked send on an email, and instantly regretted it? I think we’ve all been there – but perhaps not to the scale of one UBS employee this week, where a small error has created some rather signif...

23 Nov 2010
Information Security
Andy Morris

There's more than one victim here

It is worthwhile remembering that there is actually more than one victim involved in Direct Debit fraud. The Paying Bank executes the payment against a fraudulent direct debit mandate, and the Collect...

23 Nov 2010