Vincent Boland: It’ll take more than Musk’s $1.5bn to demystify bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies have their zealous admirers, including the Tesla chief, but critics insist they have no practical uses and facilitate online fraud and tax evasion
Of all the notions to have held human beings in thrall, none is stranger than the idea that base metals can be turned into gold. Alchemy was a tenet of the pre-Enlightenment era, before the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. The keys to it were said to be hidden in the Bible, in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and in the surviving manuscripts of ancient civilisations. Its adherents included popes and philosophers.
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Vincent Boland: Hope has turned into expectation: we will overcome this pandemic
The early days of the Covid-19 pandemic were dominated by loudmouths, incompetents and populists. Then the serious people took over
Vincent Boland: Booby traps could explode the myths around the big banks
The world’s top lenders assure us they’re stronger than they were in 2008. But if Credit Suisse and Nomura can get caught on the losing side of a little forced equity-selling, what else are they doing wrong?
Vincent Boland: Hunting in Spacs – the craze sweeping the stock markets
The special purpose acquisition company phenomenon is an asset class in search of assets and its emergence is hardly surprising, given the IPO market’s structural problems, but these issues must be sorted out once and for all
Vincent Boland: Go-faster Stripe could soon hit some bumps in the road
The Collison brothers now control the most valuable private company in Silicon Valley, with Stripe estimated to be worth $95 billion. But every new slate of investors makes their lives a little more complicated