Latest articles from Chris Skinner

Taking the PSD

October 28, 2009

Inconsistency in interpretation and implementation of the Payments Services Directive mean that a rewrite is imminent. By Chris Skinner

Testing times for equity exchanges

September 2, 2009

On the surface, it may seem that the EU's 2007 MiFID legislation, which aimed to create a pan-European investment market on a level playing field, has changed little. However, a closer analysis reveals an industry in the process of change, as new upstarts make inroads and traditional exchanges respond with new technology. Writer Chris Skinner

Why is clearing so unduly complex?

August 4, 2009

The inadequacies of the clearing system were exposed by the credit crisis - it may be time for an overhaul. By Chris Skinner

Paying it safe in real-time

July 7, 2009

If news can be tracked online as it happens, then real-time buying and selling must be achieveable. By Chris Skinner

Why bankers must 'tweet'

May 5, 2009

Love it or hate it, the banking world can no longer afford to ignore or resist the latest social networking phenomenon that is sweeping the world.

You don't own the customer

April 7, 2009

In fact, the customer owns you – if they want to – while others think that banks are all the same

PayPal reigns supreme

February 2, 2009

Established 10 years ago to facilitate eBay transactions, PayPal has taken hold of the online payment market.

Roots of a global currency?

September 1, 2008

When Barclays Bank takes part in a local currency scheme, others should pay attention. Writer Chris Skinner.

You can’t grow by cutting costs

July 1, 2008

Ruthlessly slashing costs is a common response to troubled times. But it won’t guarantee survival – in fact, experience tells us it has the opposite effect. By Chris Skinner.

Non-banks lead the way

June 2, 2008

Payments experts believe that most of the firms that will lead innovation on payments are brand new businesses that are not in the financial services industry. 

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