Latest articles from Chris Skinner

All hail the superchip

May 7, 2007

The sky is the limit when it comes to the power of the chip – and size is certainly everything. Imagine a device as big as a flea that carries a complete biometric identity management system of your clients. By Chris Skinner.

Protection from prying eyes

April 2, 2007

The inexorable advances in storage capacity of simple-to-use USB devices makes bank databases increasingly vulnerable, and internal firewalls as well as devicewalls increasingly necessary.By Chris Skinner.

The march of the automatons

March 5, 2007

The drive for achieving ever-faster trade execution speeds in capital markets means that any glitch, gremlin or gulp will lead to serious consequences in terms of lost business and margin erosion. This makes the technologist’s role ever more vital. By Chris Skinner.

Learning how to talk Web 2.0

December 4, 2006

As the Web 2.0 age dawns, banks must wake up to the fact that the successful companies of the future will not have customers, they will have participants, and that rather than having a business, they will have a community.By Chris Skinner.

MAIN STORY: Pan-European exchange follows MiFID vision

November 6, 2006

EASDAQ, the European exchange that disappeared in the internet bust, will be resurrected in April 2007 under the name Equiduct, writes Chris Skinner. It will offer a pan-European pre- and post-trade reporting service, alongside best execution, and aims to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

Fraud, Money Laundering and Theft: Inevitable Consequences

November 6, 2006

A recent roundtable organised by The Banker looked at the opportunities and issues faced by banks in dealing with fraud and money laundering. A group of anti-fraud professionals from leading banks took part in the discussion, chaired by The Banker’s contributing editors Mike Imeson andChris Skinner.

Exchanges face stark changes

November 6, 2006

Two underlying themes of MiFID – forcing systematic internalisers to become transparent and defining liquid shares for all EU member states – will result in the role of national exchanges and market data providers being called into question. By Chris Skinner.

Summer of my discontent

October 2, 2006

Banks have taken automation to the extreme in their bid to cut costs. Now when their customers’ problems don’t correlate to the prescribed formulae, the system breaks down – as Chris Skinner discovered recently.

Fortunes of the merry-go-round

August 7, 2006

Trying to maintain systems built using old programming languages can be costly for banks and rewarding for programming specialists. But what happens when the specialists retire? By Chris Skinner.

Terrifying Europe’s ‘bad’ banks

July 3, 2006

Inefficient banks used to operating in protected domestic environments are likely to suffer the heaviest casualties once the single European financial market becomes a reality in 2010.By Chris Skinner.

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