Desperately Seeking . . .

April 24th, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Media

I don’t really recall the 1985 movie “Desperately Seeking Susan” much–I had to look it up at www.imdb.com to know it was a 1985 movie and to confirm my memory that Madonna was one of the stars. I don’t recall if it was good or know whether it’s the kind of movie people watch more than 25 years later.

I do know that it must be one of the most influential of title phrases. I see and hear it a lot. Tonight I heard it used in the Radiolab program “Desperately Seeking Symmetry,” and there are many new titles in the list from a Google search on “desperately seeking.”

Chicago Payments

February 8th, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Business, Chicago

The Chicago Payments Information Exchange (CPIX) is live on the Built in Chicago. The group’s purpose is to build on Chicago’s history of innovation in payments and create greater visibility for this financial technology market.

In addition to providing a good overview of treasury management and payments in 2010, they are also good examples of my financial writing–the kind of solid content companies can use in bylines articles, white papers, blogs, and like.

Built in Chicago is fast-growing community that serves as a “resource for “digital professionals” working to build great web and mobile businesses and mind blowing user experiences. ” For details, read this interview with founder Matt Moog: http://bit.ly/fWrnlp (links to Crain’s Chicago Business’ Enterprise City blog).

CPIX is moderated by long-time payments, banking, and payments writer and communications consultant Collin Canright. The group is intended to build a network of financial institutions, payments processors, software firms, and consultants will strengthen this niche in Chicago’s technology community through collaborative communication and help propel its future success.

To join Built in Chicago, visit: www.builtinchicago.org

To view CPIX group content, visit www.builtinchicago.org/group/payments

For more information, contact:

Collin Canright
Principal
Canright Communications
www.canrightcommunications.com

773 248-8935 ext. 9404 (office)
773 426-7000 (mobile)

Super Bowl Pool!

February 2nd, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal

Help Support My Graduate School

You may be snowed in, and the Bears may not be in the game, but the game does go on. So does the Wright Foundation for Transformational Leadership’s 2nd Annual Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser.  As you may know, I have been developing myself as a leader by studying human potential at the Wright Graduate Institute, which is supported by the Foundation.

Proceeds from the pool fund education loans, scholarships, graduate research, and symposia to support the development of human performance technology, philosophy, and methodology. They also support the Transformational Leadership Award. This year’s award recipient is Nobel Award winner and originator of micro credit, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

I’d appreciate your support by buying a $100 square. Details are below.

Contact me by email at collin@collincanright.com or at 773 426-7000.

Collin

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU:

  • A $100 square gets you a chance to WIN BIG if your square wins!
  • YOU WIN $2,500 if the score at the end of the game matches with your square.
  • YOU WIN $1,250 if the score at the end of halftime matches with your square.
  • YOU WIN $625 if the score at the end of quarters 1 and 3 matches with your square.
  • YOU get to feel good about supporting a good cause.

HOW TO PLAY:

  • Purchase a square or squares to split with your co-workers, family and friends.
  • Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the game! The rest of the work will be done for you.
  • Watch the score at the end of each quarter to see if you are a winner!

HOW IT WORKS:

Once you purchase a square your name will be added to a 10 X 10 square grid.  Once the
squares are filled numbers from 0-9 will be randomly drawn for the NFC and AFC teams
participating in the super bowl.  Completed squares will be emailed out to participants.

Watch the game, or not, you don’t need to be present to win.  At the end of each quarter match the last digit of each team’s score with the grid to see if you’ve won!

China Banking

December 3rd, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Business

China and India remain high on the financial and banking agenda, with attendees at SWIFT’s Sibos 2010 conference packing the room for a session called “India and China: How Do You Choose?” The rise of China especially, in both currency and trade, played as a theme through Sibos, the annual financial and banking conference held in Amsterdam this October.

Many U.S. and Europeans are not aware of how significant both countries and their rapidly growing economies are, said Gerard Lyons, chief economist and group head of research, Standard Chartered Bank. China is looking to move into emerging markets and plans to do the kind of business development that corporations in the United States and Western Europe generally consider their purview.

That means developing and marketing new products as well as providing inexpensive manufacturing facilities for other companies. As Lyons explained the Chinese expansion imperative, “You can’t rely on selling cheap goods to Westerners up to their eyeballs in debt.”

Chinese banks are planning to expand and were exhibiting with the best of them at Sibos 2010. The Bank of China plans to open a few branches in Europe next year. “We are going global,” said Hong Zhong, Director, strategic development, Bank of China.

For their part, the Indian panelists acknowledged that they and their banks are busy on their home turf, which is difficult for U.S. and European banks to enter. The Central Bank of India now has more than 28 million retail customers across 5,400 branches, with 57% growth in the small and medium business sector last year, said S. Sridhar, the bank’s chairman and managing director.

“In our growth strategy for the bank, the domestic economy plays a huge role,” said Om Prakash Bhatt, chairman of both the Indian Banks’ Association and the State Bank of India, in a Sibos session focused on the regulatory environment. Indian banks will go abroad as their customer do business abroad, and they will need to restructure in order to meet the needs of international corporations.

Session moderator Emmanuel Daniel, CEO and founder of The Asian Banker asked the Indian panelists about another serious issue: the income disparity between the rich and the poor, with little acknowledgement of the problem. “The inability of India to distill its wealth throughout its economy remains a problem,” Daniel said, “and its capacity to address this issue remains to be seen.”

The growth of both emerging and established industrial economies in Asia may depend on it.

Indeed, one Japanese attendee suggested that the so-called “lost decade” in Japan—a reference to low growth, high debt, and deflation after the country’s real estate bubble burst in the 1990s—may become a lost 20 years. He hoped it would not be a beacon of things to come for the United States economy, as Japan’s quality-based manufacturing techniques were in the 1980s.

The Japanese appear to be looking toward increased trade within Asia for growth. “Intra-region­al trade is mainly intermediary goods,” said Shinichi Hayashida, director and deputy head of the interna­tional banking unit at Sumitomo Mit­sui Banking Corporation. Increasing income and consumption within the rising Asian economies would be a welcome change.

Read Going Global, the version of the article posted on ChinaForum.com

For other recent news on China, see:
China’s ‘Quality Not Quantity’ Strategy Yields Results
The Economist: A Special Report on China’s Place in the World