Why you should embrace crypto winter

By Ian Silvera As summer shines on outside, a cold is quickly enveloping the offices, online chat rooms and social media hideaways of the cryptocurrency industry. After the pandemic period saw investors stuck at home with nothing much to do and Covid payouts to play with, the industry thrived in 2021, hitting new token price…

Using an economic downturn to your advantage

By Max Richardson Simply muttering the word ‘recession’ to anyone in 2022 seems to set off alarm bells. Perhaps 2008 has somewhat tarnished the idea of what a recession actually is. By definition, it is a period of economic decline in which there are 2 or more quarters of consecutive decreases in GDP. So, in…

“If I were a rich man…”

By Clotilde Gros Once upon a time, the World’s richest man, had the craziest of dreams and bought one of the World’s largest social media platforms. The man, Elon Musk, has more than 80 million followers on Twitter and a controversial history on the platform himself. His offer to buy the platform is about ‘the…

Tesla Twitterstorm – Musk makes Twitter an offer it should refuse

By Tom Flynn Life moves fast on Twitter. A week ago, the news broke that Elon Musk had amassed a 9.2% share in the social media company, prompting speculation about his intentions. Next, he accepted a seat on the board. Then, he refused it. Yesterday, an investor announced plans to sue Musk for failing to…

Here’s hoping for a Santa Claus Rally

By Isabelle Smurfit Despite a frenzied year of volatility, public market indices have managed to deliver positive returns year to date on both sides of the pond. Nonetheless, as we approach the end of the calendar year with uncertainty at an all-time high, investors will be hoping for markets to deliver their own dose of…

Position Available: Pay – $130m-a-year

By Richard Bicknell The Financial Times this week reported that HSBC has struggled to solicit tenders from the other ‘Big Four’ (KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY) to replace its current auditor EY. In the last year EY was paid a princely $130m in fees to cast its eye over the books of the UK’s largest…

What is European tech anyway?

By Ian Silvera As it matures, the idea of a pan-European block of technology companies and a subsequent support system is eroding. There are still some issues which distinguish the Continent and its fledgling businesses, namely privacy and a focus on profit over revenues amongst financiers, from their North American counterparts. But European countries are…

Why is the PE $ still so disliked by UK media?

By Clotilde Gros Since the start of the year, private equity firms have announced 124 deals for UK companies (both takeovers and minority stakes) with a combined value of £41.5bn (source: Dealogic). That was the highest value of deals by this point in the year since the data company started tracking transactions in 2005.  That is…