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“I told Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos that if they wanted to run a company trading at less than 10 times earnings, then be my guest!”

After a tour of the leading lights of Silicon Valley, this bank CEO wasn’t so sure tech giants like Apple and Amazon really wanted to become banks


“He said that in five years’ time he didn’t want any people in his branches. I asked him if he was referring to employees or customers”

A bank chief executive decided to gently goad one of his peers over his plans to transform to a digital bank


“If our reorg had been an episode of The Sopranos, you’d say he had been well and truly whacked”

A senior banker laments a colleague having been given an offer he couldn’t refuse


“He should have gone away and drunk a glass of Chateau Shut-the-fuck-up!”

A top investment banker says a former colleague made a mistake in mouthing off about his ambitions


“We just had a 93-year-old open an online account with us. That’s the definition of optimism!”

Banks aren’t the only elderly entities undergoing a digital transformation, according to this US bank CFO

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