Author Patrick Cairns


The problem with banks

Over the past decade, British author and commentator Chris Skinner has become one of the most influential voices in the world on the future of financial services. He has advised the White House, the


All I want for Christmas is some bitcoin

In the last few weeks before Christmas, parents around the world are searching for the best presents to give their children. Everything from dolls to drones will be on the shopping list. But how about also giving them some financial


Why PSG doesn’t own Naspers shares

The story of the JSE so far this year has mostly been the story of Naspers. The media giant’s share price has gained over 75% in 2017 and accounts for the majority of the index gains year to date. It follows that unit trust funds


Are US tech giants overvalued?

In the past few years, much has been made of the performance of the “Fang” stocks in the US. The acronym refers to four high-growth technology companies – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet). The shares of all four


How to value bitcoin

The sharp rise in the price of bitcoin and some other cryptocurrencies since the start of 2017 has created enormous interest in this market. Many people see it is a chance to make money, and they don’t want to miss out. However


Can SA sustain five stock exchanges?

Last week, the Financial Services Board granted the fourth new stock exchange licence issued in the past two years. The licence was awarded to Equity Express Securities Exchange, and follows those given to ZAR X

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