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Trading finance intelligence with Twitter
German economic scientists have set up an online platform called ‘TweetTrader’ that helps analyze stock and market information provided by tweets on Twitter. It aims at predicting market outcomes by using textual analysis filters and specific algorithms.
Why it matters
Market researchers are already relying on social media analysis tools to understand consumers better. Now the analysis of tweets is being transferred to financial / information markets. Will the expertise of some financial analysts become obsolete thanks to the wisdom of the crowd?
O2 together with NatWest are launching a chip and pin card for children as young as 13. While the Load and Go card will not allow any overdrafts, it allows children to shop online at outlets that take Visa and withdraw cash from ATMs. Parents can then receive transaction details.
Owing to reports that nearly one in nine employees in London’s banking, finance and insurance sector is gay, Credit Suisse has identified a niche in an otherwise congested market and implemented a bespoke banking service targeted specifically at the City's homosexuals. The service is provided by gay advisors and includes not just traditional banking offerings but also components tailored to such events as adoption and civil partnership.