The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation is a forum for debate and research about the future of the international finance services sector.
Lehman Brothers: a crisis of value
"A couple of years ago, Oonagh MdDonald produced a comprehensive study of the role that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in developing the massive residential MBS market that underpinned the reckless expansion of the US mortgage market to demographics that clearly couldn't sustain the debt they had taken on. Now, she moves on to Wall St, with an equally comprehensive (and devastating) account of the fall of the house of Lehman."
"It is very clear that the business around wealth preservation is growing in both importance and complexity, particularly when there is an international dimension. In this world, the family office is playing an increasing role – and one can see why. But what do we know about it? What, for instance, do we know of the distinction between family office, multi-family offices, and “asset managers in disguise?"
FinTech for Breakfast
"The number of FinTech news stories published each month is simply enormous. Keeping up with the latest developments is hard – finding the time to reflect on what they actually tell us about the future of financial services even more so. We hope that our FinTech breakfasts can help in that respect. Our regular panellist Izabella Kaminska (FT Alphaville) selects a handful of the month’s most noteworthy FinTech stories, which are then picked apart (and set in context) by a group of 50 or so City/tech folk."
Banking Banana Skins 2015
This survey, now in its 14th year, has become a widely followed indicator of the health of the banking sector for bankers, regulators and analysts in dozens of countries around the world.
The idea is to find out where people think the risks to banks lie in these testing times, and rank them according to their likely impact. The questionnaire has three parts. In the first we ask you to say in your own words where you currently see the greatest dangers. In the second we ask you to score a list of topical risks. In the third we ask you how well prepared you think banks are to handle the risks you have identified.
Responding to the survey takes about 15 minutes. Although we ask you to identify yourself, replies are confidential, and you will not be named in the report unless you tick the box at the top. If you would like to discuss the survey, please contact Harry Atkinson.
Jane Fuller, co-director of the CSFI, talks to Martin Dickson, former editor of the FT, and Claudio Aspesi, a senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein, about the implications of the FT / Nikkei deal.
Christine Allison, CSFI Financial Inclusion Fellow, talks to Joseph Surtees (StepChange) and Mutaz Qubbaj (Squirrel) about how to ensure that every UK household has at least £1,000 available in accessible savings.
The CSFI's 120 reports provide a unique insight into over two decades of thinking about the health of UK and international financial services.
- Jane Fuller, co-director of the CSFI, spoke at an October 13 seminar on short-termism in finance, organised by the St. Paul's Institute. Watch the full event video here.
- Jane Fuller, co-director of the CSFI, spoke at a September 28 Mansion House debate on 'Ethics and Integrity', organised the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment. Read a transcript of her remarks here.
The CSFI aims to bridge the gap between new financial innovators and established institutions through a programme of round-table discussions and briefings. We are also interested in commissioning insightful guest blog posts from FinTech enterprises and influencers around the world. Get in touch with Harry Atkinson to find out more.
Financial World is the journal of ifs University College. Published six times per year in association with the CSFI, Financial World aims to bring together thought-provoking research and commentary on the health of the domestic and international financial services sector. The journal reaches around 20,000 financial services professionals, including all corporate and individual supporters of the CSFI.
Academic Expert Directory
The Academic Expert Directory is an online platform where academics and other specialists can connect with financial services practitioners seeking expert advice. The service is simple to use - and free.
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