Retail Banking Academy news roundup – 12/06/2017

Theresa’s May’s joyless campaign for a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations with the EU

“With the votes counted and a hung parliament in the offing, the result produced no clear direction for the country, and another election may be on the cards within the year.”

Is Bitcoin A New Asset Class?

“The astonishing bull market (bubble?) in Bitcoin has drawn attention to the cryptocurrency from all corners. One of the questions that’s reasonating: Should Bitcoin be treated as an asset class, on par with stocks, bonds, real estate and commodities? “

Italy Banks Said in Talks With Authorities on Veneto Lenders Aid

“Italy’s banks are considering a request by the nation’s government to contribute about 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to the state-backed rescue of two troubled regional lenders in order to avoid a costly resolution, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Lafferty Daily Briefing – 12th June 2017

“Curation used to be about assembling and organising artworks and artefacts. Now, in the effort to put a more human face on technology, businesses are claiming to be “curators” putting customers together with…fintech.”


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Retail Banking Academy news roundup – 06/06/2017

A P2P service for Apple customers

“Is Apple moving steadily towards its own payment system? Of course it is — and it’s doing it incrementally. Yesterday Apple announced that it is launching a P2P service for Apple customers, which will be integrated into iMessage, Apple’s own short messaging system.”

How to rob a bank, according to economics

“Bank robberies are great case studies for the economics of crime. They’re premeditated affairs in which a perpetrator has evaluated (consciously or not) the rationality of proceeding. “

Barclays Zimbabwe will be cquired by Malawa-based First Merchant Bank

“Barclays Zimbabwe will be acquired by Malawa-based First Merchant Bank, according to reports, as Barclays moves to divest of its African businesses. Barclays has been operating in Zimbabwe for more than a century.

Lafferty Daily Briefing – 6th June 2017

“US president Donald Trump has tapped former OneWest CEO Joseph Otting as the next Comptroller of the Currency. The influence of Steven Mnuchin is evident: Mr Otting was chief executive of OneWest at a time when Mr Mnuchin was chair of the bank, which Time magazine described as a “foreclosure machine”.”


The Retail Banking Academy is the only international training academy that offers qualifications exclusively dedicated to the best practice principles in retail banking from the practitioner’s point of view. We are committed to making the Certified Retail Banker qualification (CRB) the recognised industry standard by making it possible for ambitious retail bankers worldwide to embark on a structured programme that sets the highest standards of ethics, education and customer-oriented retail banking excellence.