02 Oct4 thoughts on Smart Contracts. Stuff worth knowing from The Bankers’ Plumber

“Smart contracts” are another “in” term used in the same space as Blockchain and DLT. What are they? The theory has it that the Blockchain enables the terms of an agreement between two parties to be so well captured and enshrined in an electronic agreement, that over the lifecycle of the instrument, all the things […]

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22 Sep5 things I learned this week about DLT, Blockchain & Crypto. Stuff worth knowing from The Bankers’ Plumber

This week a short tour de horizon of news that will, I hope, point the way forward and help you make sense of what is happening in the digital space. All comments and feedback really welcome. Is a weekly “5 things I learned” useful or not? Or a longer piece on a specific topic? Please […]

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24 Jul3 things Digital & Blockchain I learned this week. Stuff worth knowing from The Bankers’ Plumber

“It’s gonna be great!” If the Donald were to tweet on Blockchain, those would be his words. Like the rest of us though, he would not be clear on when and we would all be a little vague on that phrase so beloved of our colleagues in Agile development; “the definition of done”.  Despair not […]

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10 Apr3 reasons Digital Local Currency would be good for the community. Stuff worth knowing from The Bankers’ Plumber

Local: where we are, where we live, where we spend our time. Something so close is something we are likely to care about quite a lot. Digital and perhaps Blockchain aka DLT could make a big difference to our experience. The services in our local village, just outside Zurich, are important to our family. We […]

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15 Jan3 reasons to read the UBS view on Blockchain: Stuff worth knowing from The Bankers’ Plumber

“Is the Blockchain going to be useful? Discuss.” This would be a valid and great exam question. Good news; the good folks chez UBS have done some great research on this. Yes, big banks and useful in the same breath. “Cutting through the blockchain hype” is worth paying attention to for a number of reasons: […]

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28 NovThe Bankers’ Plumber on PSD2: APIs and the Blockchain

PSD2. Not a new Sony game console, but a European directive aimed at setting standards requiring banks to open up their systems. Essentially this has things FinTech at its core. Regulation will do something for clients. The Blockchain could help do more. About PSD2 One of the requirements is for banks to open up their […]

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11 OctThe Bankers’ Plumber on FinTech: 3 things Blockchain and Payments to be aware of

This week: news on two things Blockchain and payments, one a real life proof of concept, the other of good intentions. Lastly a thought about how regulation in Europe will force some change in the payments space though not as much as we think. First, news of a successful proof of concept in the correspondent […]

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03 OctThe Bankers’ Plumber on FinTech: 3 Things I have learned in the last week

SIBOS, probably the largest global gathering of the FS profession, took place in Geneva last week. Not surprisingly, this was a catalyst for many announcements on matters FinTech. FinTech is a tricky subject to keep up with and that effort has something in common with trying to stay on top of things clearing, Dodd Frank […]

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05 SepThe Bankers’ Plumber on FinTech: Immutability

This week’s post is inspired by the taxman and the work of a Goldman Sachs alum. Even if the words inspiration and taxman are not words you expect to see in the same sentence, please read on, if only for your own inspiration. My consulting activity is run though my limited company. I am already […]

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26 Aug3 things Blockchain to understand this week.

Keeping up this topic is a real challenge. I feel much like I did when Dodd-Frank, EMIR and Clearing were foisted on us; you think you have a grasp of things, when along comes some news and you start to question what you know. Here are my three observations for the week on the B […]

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