323. News: They're coming for Monzo!

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Sarah and Adam are joined by some great guests to talk about some of the most interesting stories of the last 7 days, and today's panel is all female! (and Adam). Stories include: A remedy for small businesses, a devastating rumour that spread on WhatsApp and what do YOU call your money?

This week we have some great stories for you as Sarah and co-host Adam are joined by a couple of great guests :

  • Karen Kerrigan - COO of Seedrs
  • Romi Savova - CEO and founder of PensionBee
  • Iona Bain - blogger at Young Money as well as industry commentator, author and speaker

We kick off the episode by taking a look at the remedies for small businesses story. Nationwide Building Society, Investec Bank and The Co-operative Bank have been granted a total of 80 million pounds from the RBS Remedies Fund Pool B. The allocations are as follows: 50 million pounds to Nationwide, 15 million to Investec bank and 15 million for Co-operative bank. The panel discusses the three banks commitments for the money and if there is any significance in the fact that the money was largely given to incumbents? Why wasn't Monzo on the list? Maybe the government thinks that they already have everything sorted out?

Next up, we talk about Metro's big short! The bank faced a shareholder revolt when ISS recommended investors to reject Metro's pay report. Since the news, some branches had to face a "run" when rumours spread over WhatsApp that the bank was going to take control over its customer's assets and customers tried to take their cash out in pure panic. The panel discusses the damage social media rumours can have on a company and how the recent events could affect the reputation of the bank? To quote Sarah: Oh dear!

A Lady Godiva, a Commodore, Dosh, Dore or Lolly? What do you call your money? Do not miss the final news story of the episode with some hilarious slangs for money and the panel unveiling the country's number one term!

Other stories include:

  • HK banking licence wins
  • Brits don’t back banking tech
  • UK fintech investment keeps on growing
  • Silicon Valley’s newest stock exchange

All this and so much more on today's show.

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This week's episode was produced by Laura Watkins and edited by Alex Woodhouse.

Special Guests: Adam Davis, Iona Bain, Karen Kerrigan, and Romi Savova.

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