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Off the record

April 2020

“Given what’s going on, it may come in handy”

A development bank’s observation after Euromoney tries to call but gets a crossed line, with a disembodied voice saying: ‘Do you want to contact the spirits of the dead? If you want to contact the departed, I am here!’    

“We’re using Skype for Business. I was talking to a CFO and I was in IP hell, where you hear every third word and it sounds like you have marbles in your mouth. I had to get my son off the Xbox”

Financial professionals are finding that getting work and home life to coexist can be a struggle

“I went to a fintech forum in Paris a couple of months ago. The time difference between Moscow and Paris is only two hours, but in terms of digitalization it feels more like five years” 

A Russian banker is unimpressed by digital banking development in western Europe

“This shows the shortcomings of the American governance model combining the roles of bank chairman and chief executive. Here in Europe, at least if one of them goes crazy or gets sick, you’ve got to hope the other one will still be OK” 

The chairman of a large European bank, discussing high recent turnover among bank CEOs, sees the cheerful side

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