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Bitcoins and benjamins: Which is the real currency? David McBee/Pexels

What is the real value of a bitcoin?

One of the hot questions regarding the bitcoin since the first ones were created in 2009 is its real value. We will try as well to answer to this question using two concepts in economics and finance.
Starman takes a drive in his Tesla. Peter Thoeny/Flickr

Elon Musk and Tesla: a magician in space?

Elon Musk is a master of keeping investors believing in the dream of Tesla, but analysis of the company’s output and financials reveal a darker picture.
London’s financial district at night. Gordon Williams/Unsplash

LIBOR: elections, manipulations – and a possible fix

The London Interbank Offered Rates is one of the world's key financial tools, but the 2008 rigging scandal has led to calls for its being phased out. Can we find better ways of building the LIBOR rate?
Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into Houston neighborhoods following hurricane Harvey in August. Allstate expects US$593 million in insurance losses for August due to the hurricane. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The stormy outlook for insurance-linked securities

Insurance-linked securities aim to shield insurers and governments from huge costs following disasters. But they bear eerie similarities to the securities that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
There are lemons in the stock market too. Rich Kareckas/AP Photo

Why Wall Street is like a used car lot

As the New York Stock Exchange marks 200 years since its official formation, investors are wondering whether the surging stock market is a 'Trump bump' or more like a lemon.
We shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of a Trump victory and its effects on the global economic landscape. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A Trump presidency could bring a range of economic disasters

A Trump victory in the US presidential election is unlikely, but then again, so was Brexit. If he does get elected, there may be severe economic and financial consequences.

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