Chris Skinner

Account opening? Oh, 1-2-3. Easy as A-B-C. Not!

Chris Skinner

There’s nothing like a true story to bring a point home, so here’s my latest one. I’m starting a new venture. It’s a philanthropic thing, thing to do with banking, but because we are seeking sponsorship, we need to open a bank account.

Teach children the things that machines cannot learn

Chris Skinner

I often talk about teaching children to learn what machines cannot learn. Our system of education was created in the Industrial Revolution, and is based upon kids being stuffed with facts, stats and dates. They learn to parrot-fashion repeat things, and are tested to see if they can remember.

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Banks and Telcos? Two become one!

Chris Skinner

Twenty years ago, I worked on a strategy for the future of banking. My conclusion was that banks would merge with telecommunications firms and become hybrid institutions. Twenty years later, it hasn’t happened. But will it?

Gartner: you’re better than this

Chris Skinner

Clash of clans … or new bank versus old bank (Fidor, BPCE) 

Chris Skinner

I was talking with some friends at the most innovative bank in Europe that has stopped getting on my radar for the past few years. I first blogged about them back in 2012, when I met the founder at an event. That bank is called Fidor.

Run the bank or change the bank

Chris Skinner

I was surprised to see that JPMorgan Chase is now hiring people as bankers and, as a mandatory part of their induction programme, they are taught to code.

Will Ripple replace SWIFT?

Chris Skinner

It’s a big week of FinTech in Asia with Money 2020 China and the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) all taking place in the same week. One of the headlines emerging from SFF was an interview with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple.

From sandbox to sandcastle

Chris Skinner

Another lively discussion followed my meeting with the FinTech communities in Asia. It was interesting as we had a chat about all aspects of what was happening in South-East Asia, and the overwhelming message that came back to me was that the regulatory sandboxes had become sandcastles.

How online gaming created a challenger bank

Chris Skinner

I was chairing a panel with a number of different players, one of which was Monzo. Simon Vans-Colina, Monzo’s lead engineer for Open APIs, was talking about their approach to partnering with others in an API ecosystem, including TransferWise and Investec Bank.

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Direct Line: innovating InsurTech

Chris Skinner

At the conference I attended the other day, one speaker highlighted some InsurTech I’d not seen before but thought pretty cool. It’s a prototype service from Direct Line called Fleetlights.

11:FS launches Banking-as-a-Service

Chris Skinner

I don’t normally share press releases or advertorial, because this is my blog and it’s meant to be neutral and independent, but I have a stake in 11:FS and so this is different.

Ring out the old, ring in the new

Chris Skinner

Like many of us, I have several pet hates about banks. My main one is when they sting you with charges you don’t expect. I always remember getting a £50 charge for an unauthorised overdraft a few years ago.

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Why P2P lending works in some markets and not in others

Chris Skinner

Someone asked me about getting return on investment in fintech. The discussion is about how many firms are actually delivering on their promise. So many unicorns are loss-making firms, and billion-dollar valuations on million-dollar revenues seems like a lot of hype.

Financial Institutions Aren’t Prepared for the Digital Revolution

Chris Skinner

I recently did an interview with my American friend Jim Marous over on The Financial Brand. It’s a good interview so I thought I would post my answers here. Feel free to comment!

Open Banking has arrived, whether you like it or not

Chris Skinner

Ten years ago, I was presenting the concept of Banking-as-a-Service, with the idea that I could find a wide range of plug-and-play software in a cloud-based marketplace, and build my own bank by bringing these pieces of code together into an easy-to-use banking service.

The digital divide: inclusion must not create exclusion

Chris Skinner

I have one slight concern as we go cashless, having experienced it myself. You cannot go cashless if it does not include everyone. I had this experience in China.

Is the world being democratised through technology?

Chris Skinner

Someone told me I should start a travel blog, as I fly more than most pigeons do. But I’m not sure my travel blog would be read so much. However, it does make me reflect on travel and money.

What is digital transformation?

Chris Skinner

We talk about platform companies, and many use the famous TechCrunch quote to illustrate this: Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory.

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It’s banking Jim, but not as we know it

Chris Skinner

It is interesting how the FinTech world has developed over the past decade. My first memory of any company that would fit the FinTech world stems way back to March 30, 2005.

How Lehmans collapse started the FinTech fire

Chris Skinner

It’s interesting that the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) sparked by Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008 sparked the FinTech revolution, according to some.

What’s your one move?

Chris Skinner

I talk about 1,000s of start-up companies doing one thing brilliantly well, and was looking for an anecdote that might help me talk about this better … and found one.

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Which banks do ‘get IT’?

Chris Skinner

I’m working on my next book already. Digital Human only came out a few months ago, and here I am off already on a new one. I’m not going to share too much about it yet, as it won’t come out for two years, except to give you some clues on … The post Which banks do ‘get IT’?

How much is a FinTech CEO worth?

Chris Skinner

Good question, and it all depends on the revenue forecast. However, if you want to get an idea, a new survey from Moorlands Human Capital, an executive recruitment search and consulting company, has a view. That’s because they asked 500 FinTech companies how much they pay the CEO?

Becoming a Digital Bank: the how and why

Chris Skinner

I recently had a chat with Monica Murthy of Empire Startups. Here’s the low-down.

How AI will change banking

Chris Skinner

The World Economic Forum has been conducting research over the last year around how AI (Artificial Intelligence) will change banking that was published last week. Here’s the lowdown: Artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing the physics of financial services.

Why banks have armies of developers

Chris Skinner

I sometimes write blog posts that I actually disagree with. I write it to provoke reactions, and to test my own thinking.

It’s all about the data

Chris Skinner

Just continuing on the theme of how different industries can learn from each other, I used to work for NCR. NCR had several major industries they served: retailers, airlines, telcos and banks.

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OMG!!! Did you see #Alibaba’s Singles Day numbers???

Chris Skinner

The 11th of November. 11 November. 11/11. Not 9/11 or 5/11. 11/11. For Europeans and Americans, 11/11 means the end of the First World War.

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Will QR codes wipe out cash and cards?

Chris Skinner

There’s been an interesting but hidden trend taking place. It started in China with Tencent and Alipay and has now gone global. The phenomenon is called QR codes.

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Customer intelligent marketing is not a scary thing

Chris Skinner

I grew up as a marketing guy. My first career roles were in marketing. I was trained by Kotler and Drucker, and still hold true to first principles of marketing: the 4 P’s or, if you’re not a marketing person, product, price, place and promotion.

Are challenger banks challenging?

Chris Skinner

I keep seeing headlines about Amazon opening a bank, challenger banks pulling the crown off the incumbent banks heads, the end of old banks, the disruption of the system and the end of all traditional financial services.

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Research lays bare the banking issue

Chris Skinner

A new study of the 50 largest banking groups in the UK and Europe has revealed that although profits have increased, future profitability is at significant risk.

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Over the next decade, over $2.5 trillion will be generated by blockchain trade

Chris Skinner

I just saw a report from the World Economic Forum, who estimate that over $1 trillion in new trade will be created through blockchain-based distributed ledger technologies (DLT) over the next decade. They also estimate it will reduce the global trading gap by $1.5 trillion. Bold claims.

Banks can learn from airlines

Chris Skinner

The CEO of Australian bank Westpac says that we could all learn something from the airline industry. I agree, so here’s a learning story from United Airlines. Last week, I was having a moan on twitter about them.

The Finanser’s Week: 12th November – 18th November

Chris Skinner

The main blog headlines are … Will Ripple replace SWIFT? It’s a big week of FinTech in Asia with Money 2020 China and the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) all taking place in the same week.

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What happens to banks if there’s a no-deal #Brexit?

Chris Skinner

There was a big hoo-haa last week when UK Gov released their analysis of a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit is if we reach 29th March 2019, two years after triggering the exit process and an effective D-Day, without agreeing terms between UK Gov and the European Union.

Breaking through the barricades

Chris Skinner

I blog a lot about banks needing to change and adapt. I do not blog about the end of banks and I do not predict that banks will be destroyed.

A third of banks expect to hold cryptocurrencies on their balance sheets

Chris Skinner

I received a really interesting report from the law firm DLA Piper last week.

We need to launch a digital bank? OK, here’s $3 billion!

Chris Skinner

I recently blogged about JP Morgan Chase spending $10 billion a year on technology of which $3 billion goes into new projects. There were then several other announcements that caught my attention about Citibank and Bank of America investing similar amounts in digital.

Technosocialism? As if …

Chris Skinner

Someone told me I should start a travel blog, as I fly more than most pigeons do. But I’m not sure my travel blog would be read so much. However, it does make me reflect on travel and money. Some countries are still reliant on cash whilst others are … The post Technosocialism?

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#Money2020 USA: reaching FinTech 3.0

Chris Skinner

I enjoyed chairing a half day stream at #Money2020 in Las Vegas focused upon breaking news and views. It actually turned out to be more around how banks are partnering with start-ups, with several sessions discussing how the partnership started and how it worked.

China’s blood on the carpet in P2P lending

Chris Skinner

One other thing struck me as the discussions fired away in Shanghai at Lang Di … is China going to haemorrhage and bring down the world’s financial systems … or is that just what the Western media would like us to think?

Are banks serious about fintech?

Chris Skinner

I’m often asked how I got into FinTech. It’s an interesting question as I’ve been involved in Finance and Technology all of my life. Back in the day, it wasn’t called FinTech. It wasn’t cool. It was just boring old tech in banking.