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  • Not so much to give thanks for this year

    Gone are the days when the end of the year meant bankers could reward themselves for a year of hard graft with a bona fide working holiday. Back in the day, "working" in December was shorthand for making a brief, obligatory appearance at the office, before dashing out with the boys to drink ourselves silly.

    • 27 Nov 2014
  • Champagne, gongs, confetti and power

    It’s not every day an old dinosaur like me gets invited to market moving events, so you can imagine my surprise in receiving an invitation to attend the launch ceremony of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.

    • 20 Nov 2014
  • Sometimes all the straws are short

    We all know that Chinese corporates like to act like a circus ringmaster, with banks running around them performing party tricks, jumping through flaming hoops and generally doing as they are told. There was some of that even when I was back in the business, but it was nothing like as bad as it is now.

    • 13 Nov 2014
  • Real bankers don’t sweat compliance

    It is funny to meet the younger generation of the Street’s finest because while they might look all ballsy on the outside, on the inside they’re just plain wimps.

    • 06 Nov 2014