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Clearing The Bull Part 2 – Why Banks Are Still In Trouble

Banker and author Jonathan Ledwidge addresses the City Book Fair in London on why, despite changes made since the financial crisis, banks are still in trouble and are likely to remain in trouble for the foreseeable future.

Watch Part 2 on youtube using this link http://youtu.be/cnsCbMuWYQc

and

Watch Part 1 – Ending 30 Years Of Banking Failure on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/evrheDydfto

Watch Part 3 – Why Banks Need A Human Transformation on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/L99b0ZZsUbc

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Clearing The Bull Part 1 – Ending 30 Years Of Banking Failures

Banker and author Jonathan Ledwidge addresses the City Book Fair in London, on what the banking industry must first do if they are to bring and an end 30 years of repeated failures.

Watch Part 1 on youtube using this link http://youtu.be/evrheDydfto

and

Watch Part 2 – Why Banks Are Still In Trouble on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/cnsCbMuWYQc

Watch Part 3 – Why Banks Need A Human Transformation on youtube with this link http://youtu.be/L99b0ZZsUbc

The Slow Death Of The Republican Party

The Republican Party finds itself in the same position as the average corporation—they have to learn to manage change. However, their problem is while in corporations real change requires the acceptance of facts and logics, the politics of the Republican right is a religion.

In trying to appeal to their white and generally ageing base, the Republican Party seemingly did its best to alienate every other demographic in America.

The anti-immigrant rallying cry was intended to reassure the base that the Party would do its best to ensure that the country remained as white as possible for as long as possible.

Latinos responded by giving Obama 71% of their vote in the Presidential Elections.

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An Interview With Morgen Bailey

Daily interview no.531 with writer Jonathan Ledwidge

Thoughts on writing, with creativity and passion and how that can lead to ideas and places one never even dreamed off.

Read more right here.

Is The Romney Denial On Bain A Case Study In Corporate Governance?

Mitt Romney has stated that he left Bain Capital in 1999 and had nothing to do with the company after that. However, regulatory filings tell a different story. Is there a corporate governance lesson here?

The Presidential election debate in the US between Obama and Romney has for the past several weeks centered on the latter’s involvement in Bain Capital. The questions that have arisen relate to the actual period during which Romney served at Bain including the precise timing of his departure and therefore by definition what actions of that private equity firm could he or should he be made accountable for.

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9 Point Plan For Transforming The Banking Industry

The banking industry needs to be transformed in order to save it from itself. Despite the protestations of governments, regulators, public and the media that change can only come from within (spare us another thousand useless regulations). Here is how it should be done.

Another banking scandal, another inquiry, another band-aid and so we will continue until the next scandal, another inquiry and another band-aid. It is a depressingly familiar sequence of events.

The problem is that while governments, politicians and regulators are beginning to realize that transforming banks is about values and culture they still believe that that transformation can be legislated and/or regulated.

This blog has stated several times that transforming the industry can only be accomplished from within and that it must recognize the human issues and behaviors involved. The plan below consists of a series of assertions, 9 in total, as well as the rationale for these assertions.

The proposed transformation is comprehensive in that it covers every aspect of the human ecosystem within which banks operate; managers, employees, customers, suppliers and the wider community, the environment within which they operate and the behaviors which motivate them.

This is why the transformation is described as a human transformation and the transformed entity is known as The Human Asset Bank. This is what banks must do and preferably sooner rather than later.

The Human Asset Bank

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What We Learned From The Bob Diamond Testimony

Bob Diamond appeared before the Treasury Select Committee of the British Parliament today. While some MPs had more than a reasonable banking knowledge and asked some good questions, both sides came up short. Here is why along with some general observations.

Where MPs Came Up Short

MPs still suffer from derivatives derangement syndrome and a total misunderstanding of investment banking. Diamond had to remind MP Pat McFadden that Halifax, HBOS, Alliance & Leicester and Northern Rock all collapsed and they had nothing to do with derivatives and the riskiness of investment banking.

Following on from the above, it appears that MPs, along with the rest of the population do not realize that loans involve risk taking and that losses do not only come from derivatives or “casino” banking—a most unbelievable notion. Until MPs and regulators fully understand the dimensions of risk they should forego any decision to change the structure of the industry. Continue reading