Monthly Archives: March 2013

25 MarCrowding Out: how the regulatory burden is limiting banks’ flexibility

In the 25 years I have been in banking, one of the major changes is the number of mandatory changes that have to be managed at once and their impact. In the first quarter of 2013, I was discussing this challenge with a potential client, a medium sized Swiss private bank. By their reckoning, their […]

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20 Mar3 Lessons from an Italian saga

A recent New York Times article on an on-going saga at the Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) caught my eye. Of course former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has set the bar very high for unethical and generally repugnant behaviour and the general weaknesses of banks in the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and […]

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14 MarA spreadsheet story without any horror

Last week’s post focussed on the horror stories of what goes wrong when spreadsheets get out of control. This week’s post is about the other side of that coin; the good news that there are tools available to help you control the spreadsheet jungle. A recent article in Forbes covered this topic. (See: Forbes, Feb […]

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05 Mar3 Spreadsheet Horror Stories from Banking

To misquote a phrase once used about advertising: “Spreadsheets are not necessarily a good or bad thing, it depends on the use to which they are put.” They are certainly a prominent feature of everyday life in banking. They do though need to be used carefully. This week’s post has a sample of the typical […]

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