Buying bitcoins is going long bitcoin deflation

Buying bitcoins as an investment means going long bitcoin deflation. That’s it. Let me explain. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a digital currency made hard to forge using cryptography, and also a payment platform such as those used by Visa, ATMs and if you’ve done wire transfers, the Swift system. The bitcoin technology platform is not…

The UAE’s banking paradox

In this section I look at the UAE banking system and come to some startling conclusions. It seems that banks are grabbing market share in a market with deteriorating margins and increased risks. Last week I took a look at Union National Bank’s Q2 financial results. The focus was to look beyond the headline numbers and try…

Jawbone lessons

Jawbone, best known for fitness wearable technology, went into liquidation last month in part because of too much funding, according to CNBC. I believe that this is a good case study for some of the companies in the GCC that receive easy funding. Too often, certain investments are deemed strategic and then there is a blind mandate…

UNB kicks off earnings season

Abu Dhabi lender Union National Bank announced its second-quarter financials. On the face of it things look positive with an increase in net profit of 7.2 per cent relative to the same period last year and that net income from interest and Islamic financing, the core business of a bank, rose 2.6 per cent. However, a quick peek…

Structuring formal boards and committees

A central pillar of corporate governance is to share authority. At the board level, directors have no individual authority unless the board assigns it to them. It is the board as a body that has authority. This authority is too often circumvented by the creation of an executive committee (exco) of the board. Although the…