The ‘Cityboy’ Film

17 March 2014  –  Square Mile Magazine

WHEN GERAINT ANDERSON DECIDED TO MAKE A FILM VERSION OF HIS BEST-SELLING MEMOIR CITYBOY, HE SOON DISCOVERED THAT, AS WITH BANKING, MONEY TALKS AND BULS**T WALKS…

THE STORY

The script is everything. If you don’t have something that’s interesting, exciting and original then no-one’s going to want to direct it, act in it or finance it. Continue reading

Barclays To Pay Themselves Bigger Bonuses

The EU regulations that limit bonuses (as of last month) are apparently going to be side-stepped by clever bankers handing themselves ‘top-up’ payments or monthly allowances that are not defined as bonuses. It just goes to show that whilst bankers might be smart when organising a merger or a financial restructuring they’re absolute geniuses when it comes to paying themselves serious amounts of cash!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26064949

Oh, When Will This Tomfoolery End ?!

Just when you thought it was safe to invite a banker around for tea another scandal starts brewing.  New York’s top financial regulator has launched an investigation involving over a dozen of the top banks about the possible manipulation of currency trading practices.  This sorry tale shows us that abuse can occur in any banking division, disappointing for those that thought bankers might have cleaned up their act.  Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/probe-into-foreign-exchange-practices-at-banks-heats-up-2014-02-05?link=MW_latest_news

Slavery In The City

Unpublished – 2o Aug 2013

Any sensible person recruiting suicide bombers knows that your target demographic has got to be young, insecure men. These impressionable chaps can easily be manipulated into believing that throwing their life away for some nebulous cause is a price worth paying.  It should come as no surprise then that this same strategy is utilized by all the world’s leading investment banks!  Continue reading