June 4, 2019

Here come the Germans. On May 21st Raisin, a “deposit marketplace” from Berlin, declared its intention to set up shop in America. Within a year Raisin hopes to follow its compatriot, n26, a mobile bank that is due to open there soon. Yet neither will, technically, be a...

May 30, 2019

THE EXCITEMENT among crypto-buffs is palpable. Facebook, the world’s largest social network, appears to be planning to launch a digital coin early next year. But they should not get their hopes up too high. If the firm does indeed launch what is being dubbed FB Coin, G...

May 2, 2019

Compliance officers are the killjoys of finance. To bankers and traders keen to let rip, they are the po-faced types who frown at any transaction that might breach this rule or contravene that regulation. A recent episode of “Billions”, a television drama about Wall St...

March 14, 2019

Anniversaries are often happy occasions, but not this one. March 17th will mark a year since the New York Times and the Observer published exposés about how Facebook enabled the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook-users to leak to an outside political firm, C...