Facebook Finance: Brave New World Or Leap In The Dark?

Mark McSherry, April 17, 2014 Comments

Is the world ready for Facebook financial services? Speculation that it will soon secure authorisation from Ireland’s central bank to become an “e-money institution” will confirm predictions the company, and its main competitors, could make a big move into the broader industry.

Money transfers, mobile payments and migrant remittances could be just the first financial services...

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Facebook Finance

China Shares Drop Over 1% As Banks Hit By Weak Data

Editorial, April 15, 2014 Comments

China shares fell sharply on Tuesday as the banking sector took a beating after data showed the country's money supply grew at its slowest pace in more than a decade.

The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 1.4 percent at 2,101.60 points. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings lost 1.7 percent.

The CSI300 banking subindex fell 2.3 percent after statistics show...

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Banks Hit By Weak Data

Why Europe Needs The City’s Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Jeremy Warner, April 15, 2014 Comments

They were the “financial weapons of mass destruction” which blew up the world economy, yet perhaps surprisingly, they are poised to make a comeback – and what’s more, it is with the active encouragement of Europe’s new generation of central bank governors.

Ever since the financial crisis, “securitisation” – the bundling up, then slicing and dicin...

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The City's Financial Weapon

Data Scientists Want Respect & Results

Shane O'Neill, April 14, 2014 Comments

In the big data era, there's lot of angst about how to hire or train data analytics experts. But IT leaders also need to retain and motivate those teams once they're in place.

Of all the traits needed to be a data scientist, the most highly regarded is the ability to bridge the IT/business divide. A technical background is essential, but understanding business needs trumps technical acumen alo...

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Scientists Wanting Respect

Twitter’s April Buys Demonstrate TV Ambitions

Tony Walford, April 11, 2014 Comments

First Facebook, and now Twitter: social media’s encroachment into marcomms territory continues apace with the microblogger’s acquisition last week of not one but two firms (both for an undisclosed sum).

First up was French firm Mesagraph, then SecondSync, a UK firm with offices in Bristol and London. What’s particularly interesting about these acquisitions is that they both o...

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TV Ambitions

The Slumps That Shaped Modern Finance Financial Crises Header Image

Editor The Economist, April 10, 2014 Comments

What is mankind’s greatest invention? Ask people this question and they are likely to pick familiar technologies such as printing or electricity. They are unlikely to suggest an innovation that is just as significant: the financial contract. Widely disliked and often considered grubby, it has nonetheless played an indispensable role in human development for at least 7,000 years.

At its c...

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Shaping Finance

Leap In The Dark?

Comments Mark McSherry, April 17, 2014

Shares Drop By 1%

Comments Editorial, April 15, 2014

Financial Weapons

Comments Jeremy Warner, April 15, 2014

Respect & Results

Comments Shane O'Neill, April 14, 2014

White Papers

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    In this report, HfS examines how to build a collaborative partnership, specifically through the lens of an industry prototype that Genpact and AstraZeneca have established together.

  • Finance 360° Insight

    EPM Channel, Wednesday, January 30, 2013   // Comments

    We’ve known for a long time that Finance has the potential to deliver game-changing value to the organizations they support. If we’re honest, we also know that Finance hasn’t always delivered on that potential. We even know the root reason why – the fact that Finance spends too much time on mechanics and...

  • FP&A Today – Vitalized by Innovation

    APQC, Monday, December 03, 2012   // Comments

    A number of promising innovations that touch both financial processes and technology are energizing finance executive who focus on financial planning and analysis (FP&A). This was clearly obvious at ...



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