Are banks’ fates in the cards?

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We like a bit of Christmas spirit as much as the next guy: tequila and bourbon being particular favourites. But the Euromoney office’s latest Christmas card haul left us slightly underwhelmed and, in some cases, just plain confused.

There was the card with a photograph of one bank’s building on King William Street in the City of London. A first glance shows pretty snowflakes and artful time-lapse photography of lights on passing cars driving home for Christmas.

But this is ruined by the dead-end road-sign featured in the foreground. It’s to be hoped this does not symbolize the bank’s European ambitions.

Just a little up the street, and also captured in the photo, is that old Christmas favourite – the Number 133 bus stop. At least Santa has somewhere to leave his sleigh, unless there is a no parking sign that we can’t quite see.

Then embattled RBS managed to demonstrate its commitment to cutting costs by sending two Christmas cards, from the same person, to the same member of our editorial team.

And JPMorgan is clearly as good at keeping track of its key contacts as it is at its own hiring practices. The bank sent a card to a member of the Euromoney team who left this magazine three years ago and who is not, as far as we know, related to a member of the Chinese communist party.