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Sub-Prime Lending: Lets Stop the Next Financial Tsunami

10 years ago the US sub-prime mortgage market hit the rocks and triggered a financial tsunami around the world. Many of us, I’m sure, will never forget the sight of panicked queues outside Northern Rock banks as the waves of destruction reached UK shores and began to lap at the doors of our High Street banks.

There were many reasons for the financial crisis – it was, in fact, a perfect storm. Continue reading “Sub-Prime Lending: Lets Stop the Next Financial Tsunami”

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Security in a Safer Financial World

Former national rugby referee, past president of The Scottish Rugby Union and Bill Clinton look-alike (see our Meet the Team page) Ed Crozier is also a highly experienced director on the Castlight board. One of the things we particularly value about Ed’s contribution to our team is his expertise in governance and regulation and his commitment to ensuring that everything we do, we do with integrity and thoroughness. Continue reading “Security in a Safer Financial World”

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Credit Too Thin? Get to the Core of the Problem

I’ve talked about pizza before in one of my blogs but maybe I failed to mention that thin crust is best. And that the best thin crust I’ve found is at Paesano in Glasgow’s city centre.

In fact, thin is quite often seen to be a good thing. Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have built careers on it. Steve Jobs’s mission in life was to make his i-things thinner and thinner. And no self regarding espresso would ever want to share saucer space with a fat chocolate mint would it? Continue reading “Credit Too Thin? Get to the Core of the Problem”

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Tumbleweed Rolls through the Branches as Banks go Digital

Last week in this blog I flagged up Radio 4’s The Bottom Line’s interesting debate about the impact of fintech on the banking scene. If you had time to tune in, you will also have heard Anthony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclay’s Bank talk, in almost apocalyptic terms, about the accelerating fall in branch traffic. He quoted customer traffic as falling by 15% per annum and said: “If you walk into a branch in central London now, you can see the tumbleweeds rolling through the aisles.” Continue reading “Tumbleweed Rolls through the Branches as Banks go Digital”

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Our Affordability Passport is Green to the Core

The average office worker in the States uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year – the equivalent of a 100-foot Douglas fir tree. That’s a small forest of magnificent Douglas Firs across a 40 year career of spreadsheets and reports. And there’s nothing to suggest we are scrunching up trees into wastepaper bins with any less disregard to the environment here in the UK. Continue reading “Our Affordability Passport is Green to the Core”

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Envelopes and Einstein

Richard Branson is a big fan of the back of an envelope approach to creativity and I agree with him that “if you can’t write your business idea on the back of an envelope – it’s rubbish.” And he’s not saying anything new. Einstein was making the same point when he said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” And who wants to argue with Einstein? Continue reading “Envelopes and Einstein”

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