David Wighton, Financial News

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Recent articles by David:

It is easy to mock Goldman but banks must take time off seriously

Unlimited holiday sounds like a gimmick when the bank is resistant to work from home → Read More

Davos will not be the same with no-shows and no snow

Busy diaries, Zoom, green concerns and no skiing all add up to an event that has lost its appeal for many — and that is being overtaken by others as the place to be → Read More

Weaponising financial services poses new threat to City exports

Imposing tough sanctions on Russia is having an unintended knock-on effect → Read More

Musk says his $47bn Twitter bid is ‘not a way to make money.’ That bothers critics

The Tesla boss signalled he wants to control Twitter and cut censorship but critics worry this might damage Twitter financially → Read More

Regulatory reform needs more than stunts and not just for crypto

If the government is serious about City competitiveness, it must match talk with action → Read More

Does Barclays’ punishment for its £450m trading error match the crime?

It is possible that the error raises broader questions about Barclays’ risk and controls culture → Read More

China’s decision over Russia will be critical for western investors

Divesting from Russia was relatively easy. Pulling out of China would be very painful → Read More

Venture capital firms that diversify risk losing their distinctiveness

Expansion of services may bring challenges to the top companies, despite a boom → Read More

Sharp fall in fintech share prices could trigger wave of sector deals

Many banks have been put off buying firms by the high prices demanded – until now → Read More

Getting tough on dirty Russian money is in the City’s best interests

This is more important than many of the ESG issues firms are obliged to focus on → Read More

Equity research recovers from MiFID — but isn’t out of danger yet

Headcount is rising again, but a market downturn could quickly stop the recovery → Read More

Banks rebuild equity research teams after MiFID battering

After years of cuts, analyst headcount at major institutions is creeping back up → Read More

Faces are red at Refinitiv as figures prove far from definitive

Even a simple Google search shows some of its estimates are massively wrong → Read More

Boris Johnson has disappointed the City too — will ‘Partygate’ finish him off?

Perhaps even this great escape artist will find he has no way out this time → Read More

‘Bloated’ asset managers face ‘year of reckoning’ amid desperate acquisition spree

Asset managers are suffering from “bloat” due to booming pandemic markets, and face a year of “reckoning” as economic stimulus is withdrawn, according to an annual industry health check. As the tailwinds in public markets fade, many traditional managers are so desperate to expand into private markets they are prepared to “pay whatever it takes” for acquisitions, say consultants Oliver Wyman.… → Read More

Glasgow’s elephant in the room: $1tn a year for emerging markets

Where will funding come from to decarbonise developing countries’ energy supplies? → Read More

VIEW: Credit Suisse investors want a revolution

The Swiss bank's new strategy could bear fruit, but shareholders may demand more → Read More

View: Politicians must stop bashing the UK’s banks

While the surcharge might have been cut in the Budget, banks are still paying a hefty price for the financial crisis → Read More

If banks can’t stop money laundering, it is time for regulators to do more

Firms spend around £28.7bn a year on anti-money laundering compliance but there is little evidence that things are getting better → Read More

City still divided over the benefits of the green investment boom

Doubters question whether it will really offer that much net growth for the financial sector → Read More