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Are bankers good or bad for society?

September 8, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

In October 2009 I presented at Gresham College to the theme of: Are bankers good or bad for society?

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ad pepper Debuts adXPlus Real-Time Bidding Platform

September 8, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

iSense and SiteScreen, the semantic technologies from ad pepper for contextual display advertising and  brand protection, are key building blocks behind the digital marketing services and technology solutions provider’s new adXplus real-time bidding (RTB) platform. The company, which by and large until now has focused on spot media buys and its own ad network, has spent 18 months enabling the deployment of these capabilities at scale via its proprietary RTB platform, across leading RTB-enabled ad exchanges and sell-side platforms, as well as its own publisher network.

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The Brown Bottom

September 8, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

From my friend Derek Bond

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Release: 2011 Survey on the Health of European Payments

September 8, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

Survey reveals that SEPA and the PSD are progressing but liquidity risk needs addressing

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Bank of Korea Holds Interest Rate at 3.25%

September 8, 2011 by CentralBankNews   Comments (0)

The Bank of Korea kept its 7-day repurchase rate unchanged at 3.25% as deterioration in global economic conditions delayed the Bank's path to normalization of monetary policy settings.  While noting the importance of the external environment, particularly risks to growth in developed economies, the Bank of Korea said: "Looking ahead, the Committee, while closely monitoring financial and economic risk factors both at home and abroad, will conduct monetary policy with a greater emphasis on ensuring that the basis for price stability is firmly anchored while the economy continues its sound growth."

At its August meeting this year the Bank of Korea also held the interest rate unchanged at 3.25%, after increasing the 7-day repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 3.25% at its June meeting.  South Korea reported annual consumer price inflation of 4.7% in July (core inflation of 3.8%), up from 4.4% in June, 4.1% in May, and  4.2% in April, and currently above the Bank's inflation target of 2%-4% through 2012.  The South Korean Won last traded around 1,075 against the US dollar, having gained around 4% this year.

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Things worth reading: 8th September 2011

September 8, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

Things we're reading today include ...

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Narodowy Bank Polski Keeps Interest Rate at 4.50%

September 8, 2011 by CentralBankNews   Comments (0)

The Narodowy Bank Polski's Monetary Policy Council held its benchmark 7-day interest rate steady at 4.50%.  The Bank said: "In the opinion of the Council, the significant monetary policy tightening implemented since the beginning of 2011 should facilitate inflation's return to the target in the medium term. Given the above the Council decided to keep the NBP interest rates at the current level. The Council does not rule out the possibility of further monetary policy adjustment, should the outlook for inflation returning to the target deteriorate."


The Bank also held unchanged the following rates: the rediscount rate at 4.75%, the Lombard rate at 6.00%, and the deposit rate at 3.00%.  The Bank last raised the interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.50% in June this year, and held the interest rate unchanged at its previous meeting.  Poland reported inflation of 4.1% in July, down from 4.2% in June, 5% in May, 4.5% in April, 4.3% in March, and higher than the Bank's official inflation target of 2.5% +/- 1%. 

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