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Monzo and Marcus: American challengers or just noise?

Chris Skinner

My mate Ron Shevlin is on good form these days.

When did FinTech become cool?

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When did FinTech become FinTech? When did technology in finance become cool? I guess the first thing is to define FinTech, which I did badly four years ago. I say badly because my definition back then was: FinTech [is] a new market that integrates finance and technology.

The logic of digital change

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I just went through a conversation about my presentation for a forthcoming conference. They didn’t want to provide a prescriptive approach, and just asked what I talked about in general. That’s a challenge, as I once turned up at a conference and they said to me “you have seven hours”.

Challenger banks don’t matter as they’re not a primary account

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During Money 2020 Europe, I bumped into a chap from Monzo. No names mentioned, but he was buzzing and no wonder. The start-up has just boomed through two million users and is growing at over 60,000 account openings a week or 10,000 per day.

Alipay partners with six mobile wallets for Europeans

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I recently started to worry that people might think I have some sort of arrangement with Ant Financial to publicly endorse them, as I’m such a fan-boy.

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Customers don’t want digital banking

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So my snarky little friend Ron Shevlin wrote a piece on Forbes claiming that Americans don’t want a digital bank. As the guy who wrote the book Digital Bank you might think I would take offence to such a statement, but no.

Are legacy companies holding back the future?

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In my presentations I regularly talk about legacy Europe and America and leapfrog countries from China to India to Kenya to Colombia.

The war for (banking tech) talent

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I had an interesting discussion about hiring technology people into banks the other day. The challenge of finding top coders is a big one, as there’s an awful lot of other firms to join out there.

A bank CEO should be better

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I annoy a lot of people. I don’t mean to. But anyone with a description of ‘troublemaker’ is going to annoy someone. What’s interesting is the different reactions I get from start-ups, technology firms, banks and internet giants.

If Facebook launch a cryptocurrency, will US government shut it down?

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I’m writing more and more about Facebook launching its own cryptocurrency lately: Will Facebook become the world’s central bank? March 2019) Will a global platform connect all of our money?

When will the FinTech bubble burst?

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Reading about FinTech unicorns and pizzas worth $80 million, you would think that the world was bubbling over with wealth. FinTech investments last year peaked at over $110 billion, more than double the year before, and IPOs for firms like Uber and WeWorks are seeing valuations in the stratosphere.

Five phases of FinTech (2005-2027)

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Three years ago, I blogged about three phases of FinTech. Three years later, I can expand on that theme and talk about five phases of FinTech.

Card … short for Cardbored

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I’ve been finding it increasingly frustrating on my travels, thanks to one of my credit card companies. My travelling depends on two credit cards: a bank issued corporate MasterCard and American Express.

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So, Facebook launched a currency …

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I’ve blogged a few times about Facebook planning to launch a currency … Will Facebook become the world’s central bank? If Facebook launch a cryptocurrency, will US government shut it down? … and the fact that most regulators won’t like it.

Banking with a human touch (guest speech transcript)

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Some bankers took exception to my calling them some of them morally bankrupt and socially useless. I’m not surprised, as I used those phrases intentionally to be provocative. Equally, I wasn’t saying that all bankers are corrupt and useless, just some. Some big names, but not all.

Earth’s future is all down to the banks

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I’ve been struggling for a while now. My struggle is that I love flying around the world, seeing new places, meeting new people, finding new things … but I hate polluting the planet.

Banking for Humanity?

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I was asked to speak to the theme of Banking for Humanity at a conference the other day, and it made me realise that the five areas I’ve recently been blogging about came together nicely. First, there’s financial inclusion which is the theme of Digital Human.

The reason digital is a leadership challenge and not a project

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I blogged in March (Transforming the bank – three phases of change) about the method to make systems change happen to transform the bank. In another conversation, I then realised that there are three phases of organisational change to transform the bank.

The world’s most destructive bank?

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I feel sorry for Deutsche Bank. I’ve worked with the bank and they have some great people. It used to be that their investment banking services were one of the best in Europe, alongside UBS and Barclays Bank. That was before September 2008.

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GrandTech: the newest FinTech market niche

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Watching the BBC, I often see reports on the elderly being ripped off, scammed and targeted by fraudsters.

FinTech or TechFin (speech transcript)

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I recently gave a speech where the title was FinTech or TechFin? Everyone had been give a copy of my book Digital Human, and the speech was transcribed. Here it is: FinTech or TechFin? Thank you for inviting me to join you here. It is a great honour.

Does your bank look like this?

Chris Skinner

Henry Ford famously stated: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Of course they would, as they had no idea what anything else was. In fact, I use this story often as a Victorian vision of the future was a steam-powered robot horse.

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FinTech’s biggest new market is small business financing … but is it worth it?

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I write a lot about FinTech payments, lending, roboadvice and such like. But there’s been a strong bubbling trend underneath all this that has not gone unnoticed. I’ve just not blogged about it enough.

Fast follower strategies = final failures

Chris Skinner

I was having dinner with a friend the other night, when he asked me: “what do you think about the fast follower strategy?” I said it was stupid and doesn’t work. He then added that the major bank he’s working with are proud that this is their strategy.

Are you focused on the right customer?

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Another few articles I’ve picked up this week have focused upon the new generation of consumer: Gen Z. I would call them the iGen but that’s too branded, so marketers call them Gen Z. Who are the Z Gen?

SMEs are the FinTech’s bees knees

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I write a lot about FinTech payments, lending, roboadvice and such like. But there’s been a strong bubbling trend underneath all this that has not gone unnoticed. I’ve just not blogged about it enough.

Why Chinese TechFin is the exception and not the rule

Chris Skinner

I picked up an interesting article from Reuters, about how Asian technology firms are moving into banking in a different way to Europe or America.

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Banking in the Cloud

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One of the surprises I have had in my discussions with banks that are doing digital well, is how all of them seem profoundly committed to cloud-computing.

Things worth reading: 6th June 2019

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Things worth reading: 7th June 2019

Chris Skinner

Things we’re reading today include … Did Deutsche Bank sweep possible money laundering by Trump under the rug?

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Alipay and Visa announce global QR code venture

Chris Skinner

We all got hugely excited about Apple launching a credit card with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard last week. Whoopy-doo! This was a major lift for Mastercard in particular.

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Blockchain is dead

Chris Skinner

I used to blog about blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) almost once a week … four years ago. Today, I hardly blog about it at all.

Things worth reading: 19th June 2019

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Will a global platform connect all of our money?

Chris Skinner

When I talk about FinTech, I often reflect on the first time I encountered what I would, today, call a truly FinTech firm. It was on March 30, 2005, and a newly formed firm presented at the Financial Services Club an idea.

Bitcoin, Stablecoin, Blockchain, Enterprise Ledger … WTF?

Chris Skinner

I used to blog about blockchain and cryptocurrency almost every day. I stopped as it got too hyped, scammed and boring. In fact, my last blog was about the blockchain hype being dead, but the blockchain dream is still very much alive.

Things worth reading: 12th June 2019

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Everything you need to know about Apple’s new credit card (and a bit more)

Chris Skinner

I was about to write a really nice piece about Apple’s announcement of the launch of a new credit card, in partnership with Goldman Sachs, when Brian Roemmele beat me to it. Who is Brian Roemmele you ask? And if you are asking that … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

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Everything you need to know about Apple’s new credit card (and a bit more)

Chris Skinner

I was about to write a really nice piece about Apple’s announcement of the launch of a new credit card, in partnership with Goldman Sachs, when Brian Roemmele beat me to it. Who is Brian Roemmele you ask? And if you are asking that … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

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200 currencies and 30,000 banks … are they really needed?

Chris Skinner

As I travel non-stop, I have one trusty little zip-bag in my travel case. It’s a zip-bag full of cables and converters, mainly to keep my phone fully charged all the time. Plug converters for America, Europe, UK and Australia, and cable converters between Apple and non-Apple products.

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If banks provide no advice, what do they provide?

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For many years, banks have talked about moving away from transactions and towards advice. The branch is for advice. We will become trusted advisors. We see the value-add of banking is the information we can analyse around your data to offer advice. Complete rubbish.

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Things worth reading: 31st May 2019

Chris Skinner

Things we’re reading today include … Monzo apologises for bank transfer problems HSBC Plans Hundreds of Investment Bank Job Cuts Revolut is the most complained-about small online bank Metro Bank shares slide as fraud investigations launched Raphaels Bank fined £1.9m

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Things worth reading: 14th June 2019

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The Finanser’s Week: 27th May – 2nd June 2019

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The main blog headlines are … Earth’s future is all down to the banks I’ve been struggling for a while now. My struggle is that I love flying around the world, seeing new places, meeting new people, finding new things … but I hate polluting the planet.

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