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Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Are Bankers Good or Bad for Society?

Chris Skinner

 In previous ages bankers have sometimes pecked lower in the order of society than lepers. Jesus declared their usurous ways immoral. Amazingly, from this disadvantaged position in society, bankers flourished over the past two centuries before imploding spectacularly both financially and socially in 2008. Bankers now don't even trust each other.
This illuminating review of the history of banking and society explores why these former outcasts from high society are natural problem children and ponders whether they have a social future and, if so, what will it look like?

chris-skinner

Chris Skinner is an independent commentator on the financial markets as Chief Executive of Balatro and Chairs the European networking group, the Financial Services Club. He is also a co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow, which is used extensively by over 15,000 individuals from academia, corporations and governments worldwide. Chris is well-known for his regular columns in a variety of media and daily blog at www.theFinanSer.com. He is the author of several books including The Future of BankingThe Future of Finance after SEPA and The Future of Investing after MiFID. Chris is a judge with awards programmes run by TradeTech and the Asian Banker, as well as a contributor to the World Economic Forum's Scenario Project on Technology Innovation in Financial Services.

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