September 19, 2017

Buy or Rent? It is not all about the capital gains

A home functions both as a shelter and an investment. Capital gains are commonly perceived by households as the main source of value when buying as opposed to renting, but I would like to shed some light on other intrinsic value drivers. The appreciation in house prices can be considered as an external source of […]

Bitcoin bubble? Not just for hackers

Remember bitcoin? The online currency that burst into people’s consciousness a few years ago and then kind of drifted off to the margins, not really being of much significance to anyone outside money launderers and suchlike? Sweeping generalisations aside, bitcoin never really went away. The reason for its loud arrival in 2013 can be put […]

How quickly can a start-up achieve a billion-dollar valuation?

Imagine you have finished your MBA and have decided to set up a business on your own. You have a great idea for a new product/service that you believe will fill a gap in the market. The only problem is that this will require money to get off the ground and you don’t have that […]

How much for the taxi? $41billion!

What is it?  A $41bn taxi firm called UBER.  That’s a lot of money for a taxi business. What size is the global taxi market? Estimates put it at between $50 – $100bn. What share of that market can Uber expect to capture and how can that justify a value of $41bn? Well consider what […]

Financial fantasies in football

Why is it that Football clubs think that they are immune to the effects of continuing operating losses? In every other private sector business, it is understood that losses cannot be sustained indefinitely. Continuing financial losses lead inevitably to job losses, cuts in salary costs and sometimes complete closure, but not in football apparently? #146275737 […]

University without walls!

20 November 2014 and it’s EBS graduation day again. Today we have four new DBA graduates bringing to 35 the number from the programme since its inception.  26 of the 35 have graduated in the past couple of years as the DBA has gathered pace. Today’s four graduates come from South Africa, Hong Kong, the […]

Facebook buys WhatsApp

Facebook has just bought WhatsApp for $19bn. Source:appleinsider.com –          So what, what’s WhatsApp anyway? It’s a messaging service over all mobile phone networks, which is essentially free for users, so they don’t need to pay for text messages, pictures or videos. –          So why is Facebook paying $19bn for something that is given away for […]

Should Google pay its fair share of taxes?

Why should companies pay tax?  An American billionairess once said ‘We don’t pay taxes, only the little people pay taxes’.  Big companies are thinking like that too – they don’t need to pay taxes if they don’t have too. Companies like; Google, Amazon, Apple, Starbucks pay very little corporate income tax.  Shareholders will be very […]