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Honestly, I’d go in to Paris and eat near your lodging if you have time to kill.

I don't know which terminal it is, but I know I've arrived at one where there isn't anything after baggage claim, you are practically out of the buiding.

You could do a street google walk around the AirBnB location and have somewhere in mind to direct the taxi driver to. You could even nominate the location and see if the locals have some suggestions.

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Spend the Night in the Musée d’Orsay’s Clock Room on the Evening of the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Airbnb will allow two travelers to book a one-night stay in the storied Paris museum, where they will watch the ceremony from a balcony overlooking the Seine

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When the Olympics kick off in Paris on July 26, the opening ceremony will take place along the Seine. Instead of parading around inside a stadium, athletes will float down the river on boats representing each national delegation.

Soon, two lucky travelers will be able to book a front-row seat: Airbnb is offering a one-night stay in the Musée d’Orsay famous clock room, which overlooks the river.

“You step outside the bedroom onto the terrace, [and] you have the single best seat in the house for the opening ceremony,” Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO, tells David Koenig of the Associated Press (AP).

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French designer  Mathieu Lehanneur , who created this year’s Olympic torch and cauldron, decorated the lush new space. The room features a “floating” bed suspended from the ground, a padded punching bag (a “personal sporting touch”) and an up-close look at the museum’s towering glass and steel clock, which provides “unparalleled views of the city, enhancing the beauty of the Parisian night.” According to a statement from the International Olympic Committee, it will also display a replica of the Paris 2024 torch.

“For one night only, like a marvelous apparition, the clock room will become your bedroom,” per the Airbnb  listing . “Adorned entirely in wood paneling, from the Versailles parquet floor to the vaulted ceiling, this space is designed as a daydream.”

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The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for its  Impressionist and  Post-Impressionist collections—with pieces by the likes of Claude Monet , Edgar Degas , Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh —as well as its architecture. The building, which was constructed about 125 years ago, was a functioning railway station until 1939. Many of its original features are still intact, including the large clock.

In addition to the view of the opening ceremony, the stay includes a private tour of the museum’s Impressionist pieces. Per the listing, guests will also get a mysterious “behind-the-scenes experience to visit a space not available to the public,” though no additional details were provided.

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The museum stay is part of Airbnb’s “Icons” program, a “new category of extraordinary experiences hosted by the greatest names in music, film, television, art, sports and more,” according to a statement from Airbnb. The company unveiled its first 11 icons on May 1.

While some stays—like the one at the Musée d’Orsay—are staged at existing historic landmarks, others are recreations of spaces related to pop culture. For example, Carl Fredricksen , the grumpy yet endearing retired balloon salesman from  Pixar ’s Up (2009), is listed as the host for a stay in a recreation of the movie’s house in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

“My house has over 8,000 balloons floating from the top of it. Ha!” writes “Fredricksen” in the listing . What’s more, the house is airborne; it will be lifted 50 feet above the New Mexico desert via a large crane.

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As Airbnb tells the New York Times ’ Orlando Mayorquín, the “fully functional” house is “connected to a generator and other utilities that will be disconnected and reconnected before and after flying.” However, according to the AP, guests likely won’t be inside the house when it’s lifted.

Airbnb has offered other promotional stays in the past. Guests have booked vacations at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, Barbie’s DreamHouse in Malibu, Santa Claus’ cabin in Rovaniemi, Finland, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. For travelers interested in the Musée d’Orsay clock room, booking will open on May 21.

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Here's What Taylor Swift Ate In Her $21K Paris Hotel Room

There's personal butler service and a private dining room for A-listers.

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According to Page Six , Swift and her athlete boyfriend stayed at the Hôtel De Crillon, which is a part of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. The hotel includes 10 sprawling suites that range in price from $4,600 to Tay's $21,000-per-night digs.

The luxe suites were intended to "embody an expressly Parisian residential style that is equally warm and refined," per the hotel's website . The residential-style guest rooms were not only designed by the late, great Karl Lagerfeld but offer "an incomparable atmosphere of contemporary sophistication that respect's the landmark's 18th-century heritage."

And while the luxe hotel includes quite a few equally impressive perks—like a personal butler service—the haunt's culinary vision takes the experience a whole step further. The property's on-site restaurant, Nonos par Paul Pairet, features traditional French cuisine "with a twist" and includes an expansive oyster bar, steak frites, and a lobster gratin. The main dining hall has fresh seafood, charcuterie, and artisan cheeses while guests (like Swift) can enjoy 24/7 room service. We have a feeling Taylor didn't go hungry during the stay.

The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant L'Écrin offers a "unforgettable sensory expedition" with five- or seven-course meals that are carefully curated alongside beverage pairings. Swift also had the Jardin d'Hiver tea room at her disposal, with all-day dining and desserts by head pastry chef Matthieu Carlin, while its Les Ambassadeurs bar is the perfect spot for a nightcap with friends like Gigi Hadid and Bradley Cooper, who cheered her on alongside Kelce in Paris.

There's even a private dining room called La Cave, which we can only assume came in handy for Miss Swift given her A-list status.

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A solid start to the day for the FTSE 100 despite one of its well known constituents posting a big drop in profits.

The index rose by 0.5% in early dealing to stand at 8,469.

Leading the gainers were industrial and mining stocks. 

Among the big names reporting its progress this morning was Burberry.

Its annual results to the end of March showed a 34% fall in operating profits as demand for luxury slowed in the second half.

The company's chief executive, who is in the process of taking the firm more upmarket, said he expected the current year to remain challenging but with a pick-up in sales weighted to the final six months.

Burberry, nevertheless, awarded a 61p per share dividend which was flat on the previous financial year.

Its shares were down by more than 3%.

Sophie Lund-Yates, lead equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "Burberry's latest figures leave a lot to be desired, amid slowing demand for luxury... Not only does this highlight the extent of consumer caution across the globe, it also puts a spotlight on some Burberry-specific issues. 

"Refreshing the store estate is all well and good, but only if those costs and charges can be recouped by selling the clothes they hold. While Burberry's brand repositioning has come a long way, it’s not yet sharp enough to slice through to the core of the even more resilient end of the luxury market."

She added: "Slowing trends are being seen across the board in the sector, so these weaker results aren't a total bolt from the blue. The question now will be how quickly demand picks up, and that of course is in the hands of the economy... Burberry faces challenges, but it remains a strong heritage brand, with a lot of the right strategic ideas."

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour has been predicted to provide a £997m boost to the UK economy. 

Fans are expected to fork out an average of £848 to see the star on one of her 15 tour dates. 

That's according to data from Barclays, which has added up the total spending of the Swifties lucky enough to get a ticket.

After tickets, fans will spend the most on accommodation at around £121, with other notable costs including £111 on travel and £56 on an outfit. 

Those visiting London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Cardiff for the concert are expected to spend £79 each on official merchandise, as well as £59 on a pre-show meal. 

The average amount spent on an Eras Tour ticket is £206, yet for 14% of fans, including those who purchased VIP ticket packages with premium seating and exclusive merchandise, the total exceeds £400.

Dr Peter Brooks, chief behavioural scientist at Barclays, said fans of "cultural icons" like Swift have a "powerful" spending power. 

"Whoever came up with the phrase 'money can't buy happiness' clearly wasn't a Swiftie," he said. 

"When it comes to cultural icons like Taylor Swift - like we saw with Elvis and Beatlemania in the 50s and 60s - supporters have such a strong connection to the artist and to the rest of the fandom that the desire to spend becomes even more powerful.

"For non-fans, £848 may seem like an enormous amount to splash out on a concert - but for Eras Tour ticketholders, every pound they spend is an investment in the memories they'll create."

Every Wednesday we get Michelin chefs to pick their favourite Cheap Eats where they live and when they cook at home. This week we speak to Andy Beynon, chef patron of Behind in London - which was awarded a Michelin star after being open for just 20 days. 

Hi  Andy, c an you tell us your favourite places in London where you can get a meal for two for less than £40?

I love Lahore Kebab House in Whitechapel. It's family run and I've been going there for about 15 years. I used to go with my dad - we'd get a couple of lagers from the shop next door, then tuck into lamb chops, tarka daal, the Peshwari naan, which is always cooked fresh on the tandoor, and all the dips on the menu. 

You can't beat a "That Spicy D" from Dom's Subs . There's just something about that burnt chilli mayo and schiacciata piccante. It's my favourite lunch to have on the go, and totally worth the mess. 

Umut 2000 in Dalston is my go-to for a kebab fix. They also do this amazing chargrilled lamb mince on a bed of tomato sauce with yoghurt and clarified butter. So good.

What's your go-to cheap meal at home?

I don't cook at home often, but when I do it's usually a big pot of spicy daal. It's super easy to make and keeps well in the fridge or the freezer. My secret ingredient for making the perfect daal is condensed milk - simply add a spoonful at the end to balance all of the spice.

We've spoken to lots of top chefs and bloggers - check out their cheap eats from around the country here...

Vinted has apologised for a tech issue that has left its sellers facing long delays to withdraw their cash. 

Users have been complaining over the past few weeks about their balance not updating quickly enough after being told they had been paid... 

We reached out to platform about the issue - it said its payment service provider Mangopay was aware of the problem and was "in the process of resolving" affected cases. 

It said a "very small number" of Vinted members have experienced an issue with funds being received by banks after payouts had been initiated. 

"The large majority of payouts are successfully completed every day," it added. 

"Vinted is in constant contact with Mangopay to resolve any cases brought to our attention, however, there may be a further delay as a result, for which we apologise.

"Many cases have already been resolved and we are working as quickly as we can to help resolve the remaining cases." 

Mangopay processes and stores transactions made through Vinted and then pays the cash into users' bank accounts. 

It told us part of its legal obligations require it to verify users' identities for the payment process to be successful.

"Our team works to carry out this verification process as quickly as possible so that users can continue using their accounts as normal," it said. 

"Marketplaces and platforms often have complex payment needs and as a regulated financial institution, we take our compliance, due diligence processes and regulatory obligations very seriously." 

However, it added that from "time to time" the process can be delayed, which means it needs to withhold funds for a certain amount of time, or it "may experience issues with the payout process".

"We apologise for any delays in receiving payments caused as a result of this and are working with Vinted to resolve each case as quickly as possible," it added. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Archewell Foundation has been labelled "delinquent" in the US for failing to submit annual records.

A letter was sent to the charity on 3 May by by California's Registry of Charities and Fundraisers, saying it has been "listed as delinquent" for "failing to submit required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees".

The letter said an organisation listed as delinquent is banned from "soliciting or disbursing charitable funds" and its registration may be "suspended or revoked".

It is understood that a physical cheque was sent by Archewell Foundation but not received, and a new one has been sent to resolve the issue.

It is believed the charity was only made aware of this when the delinquency notice was published.

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Shares of US video game retailer GameStop have soared again today, fuelled by the return of online influencer "Roaring Kitty" to social media.

Real name Keith Gill, the influencer's first online post caused shares to jump yesterday, with another surge reported today.

The retailer's shares rallied 132% in pre-market trading before falling back to about 80% up as US markets opened. 

Mr Gill shared a meme and more than 10 clips from movies including The Avengers and Tombstone. Though the posts didn't mention any company names, GameStop and US cinema chain AMC were the most-traded stocks by investors yesterday and today, according to data from JP Morgan.

He is credited with helping to fuel the "meme stock" craze during the COVID pandemic, which saw GameStop shares rise more than 1,000%. They later collapsed as interest faded.

Tesco's managing director has seen his pay deal more than double to almost £10m. 

That's 431 times the wage of the average £23,010 salary for a Tesco worker. 

Ken Murphy received a pay packet worth £9.93m for the year to February, the supermarket's annual report revealed.

His pay deal came to £4.4m in the previous financial year. 

The rise was driven by £4.91m from his performance share plan (PSP) after he helped lead the company to higher profits in the face of challenging inflation.

This PSP payment will be paid out in Tesco shares and is based on the company's performance since 2021.

It comes on top of an annual salary of £1.64m and an annual bonus of £3.38m. 

The group's chief finance officer, Imran Nawaz, also saw his annual pay package more than double.

He received a total £4.95m for the year, jumping from £2.27m in the previous financial year.

The retailer was criticised for revealing a £2.83bn profit for the year to February when many customers had been impacted by rampant food and drink inflation. 

Alison Platt, chairwoman of the Tesco remuneration committee, said the pay boost reflects the fact "Tesco has delivered for all of its stakeholders over the last year".

She added: "Tesco remains committed to a competitive and fair reward package for all colleagues and over the last two years we have invested more than £800m in colleague pay, as well as significantly enhancing the range of wellbeing benefits we offer."

Sony's operating profit  has climbed 5% this business year - even as it forecasts lower PlayStation 5 sales. 

The Japanese entertainment and electronics company said its operating profit is expected to come in at 1.28 trillion yen (£6.5bn) in the year ending March.

Sony, a major supplier of image sensors for smartphones, said its chips business is expected to book a 40% rise in operating profit on higher sales and lower costs.

At its gaming unit, revenues are expected to fall with the PlayStation 5 in its fourth year, but Sony said user engagement and cost control could drive future profitability at the business.

It predicted PlayStation 5 sales will fall to 18 million units from last year's 20.8 million. 

Cheaper energy deals for new customers could potentially return in October, with the industry regulator announcing a review of their ban. 

Ofgem is consulting on removing the block on acquisition-only tariffs in an attempt to encourage competition between suppliers. 

The ban was introduced as a short-term measure in April 2022 to protect consumers during the energy crisis, and was due to be lifted in March next year.

Now, the regulator has said that it is the right time to consider removing it as the energy market continues to stabilise.

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis welcomed the consultation, saying: "We need anything possible right now to stimulate competition and bring prices down." 

"In normal times, I wouldn't call for firms to be allowed to offer new customers cheaper prices than existing, yet these aren't normal times." 

Melinda French Gates has left the charity she set up with her former husband, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, after the couple's divorce. 

In a statement, she said she would step down from her position at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on 7 June. 

You can see her full statement below... 

The foundation was created in 2000 and it is one of the most influential charitable organisations in the world. 

It has spent billions working to tackle poverty and disease around the world. 

Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were divorcing three years ago after being married for 27 years. 

An AI-powered mortgage lender has cut rates for a second time this week. 

MPowered has reduced all its two and five year fixed deals, with rates starting at 4.37% down from 4.59%. 

"The swap markets are moving at pace at present, and it is important that as a responsible lender we are able to react and pass on any savings we can to borrowers," said Matt Surridge, sales director of MPowered Mortgages. 

"I'm therefore really pleased we are one of the first, if not the first, to cut rates this week, having already cut rates once in the past week." 

The company uses AI in its mortgage process and is a fully digital platform. 

McDonald's has decided to remove the iconic smile from its Happy Meal box in a bid to teach children about their emotions. 

Instead, a sheet of stickers depicting different moods will be placed inside, which children can use to express their feelings. 

A QR code for a mental health hub will also be placed on the red packaging to provide its younger customers with different resources about emotional wellbeing. 

The move comes as part of Mental Health Week, with research by the fast food chain finding nearly half of children feel pressure to be happy all the time. 

Football legend Rio Ferdinand has teamed up with the company to support the campaign, which runs until 19 May. 

The father-of-five said: "It's our job to empower our children to express themselves freely and support them every step of the way in understanding that it's okay to not be happy all the time." 

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All the Rage in Private Equity: Mortgaging the Fund

A little-known financial tool was the talk of the Milken Institute’s Global Conference.

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By Lauren Hirsch ,  Michael J. de la Merced ,  Bernhard Warner and Ephrat Livni

At the Milken Institute’s Global Conference this week, a little-known risky financial tool became the subject of a hot debate among Wall Street titans.

Many private equity firms have quietly begun mortgaging their investment funds, piling leverage upon leverage. In other words, they’re taking out loans against the businesses they’ve already taken out loans to buy.

At a time when dealmakers are desperate to raise new cash after the boom of the pandemic era, this mechanism — known as a net asset value loan — is allowing them to do it overnight.

More P.E. firms are using the tool as they set out to raise their next funds, especially those confronting a hurdle during a slow period for dealmaking: They have yet to return cash to the limited partners they tapped for their last round.

“We’re having unprecedented pressure from our L.P.s to send them cash,” Jonathan Sokoloff, a managing partner at the private equity firm Leonard Green, said onstage at the Milken conference. “We’ll send you cash any way we can.”

A spokeswoman for Leonard Green said the firm has never used any form of N.A.V. loan.

The big debate at Milken was whether private equity firms that are solving this problem with N.A.V.s are risking their future to buy some time with investors.

How N.A.V. loans work. Offered by banks and some smaller private credit-focused lenders, they are backed by the net asset value of select P.E. firms’ investments. They have a higher interest rate than other forms of private equity lending, which appeals to lenders.

There is about $150 billion in N.A.V. facilities on the market today, according to the ratings agency S&P Global. It expects that figure to double in the next two years. Investor liquidity is only one use of the loans, which are often invested back into portfolio companies.

Lenders say they offer the loans cautiously. “When we come and lend to the portfolio, the fund will be in Year 4 or 5,” Pierre-Antoine de Selancy, a co-founder of the private equity financing firm 17Capital, told DealBook. “We have a very good source of information.”

Lenders and advisers who work on N.A.V. loans say they are generally structured to minimize risk, with short durations of two or three years and a low loan-to-value ratio, a measure that compares an asset’s estimated value with the size of the loan. Loans against diversified assets can be safer than ones against an individual company because the risk is spread. That can also mean better loan terms.

But the danger is leveraging an illiquid asset. The private equity business model relies on taking out debt against each of a fund’s businesses. But N.A.V. loans are most often borrowing against a group of businesses. That diversifies the risk, but it could effectively mean using a good business to help prop up a bad one, while also adding increasingly expensive leverage to an already leveraged fund .

“It introduces a greater degree of risk,” Patricia Lynch, who leads the securitization practice at the law firm Ropes & Gray, told DealBook.

The quality of these loans depends in part on a private equity firm’s ability to accurately calculate the value of its businesses (often with the stamp of a third-party appraiser). If the loans sour, it is not fast or easy to sell those assets.

Limited partners have limited recourse. Many of their agreements with private equity firms were written before N.A.V. loans were in vogue, which means these loans may be technically allowed, if not explicitly. But executives at several large pension funds who spoke to DealBook on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to comment on behalf of their firms, said they had told P.E. firms that they had concerns about using N.A.V. loans for distributions. Others, like Neuberger Berman, take a measured approach.

“The general sentiment is: Why are you using them?” Liz Traxler, a managing director at Neuberger Berman, said. “If you have transparency on the usage, and that aligns with the L.P.s, things are probably going to be very positive.”

The worst-case scenario — that P.E. firms default on their N.A.V. loans — may be unlikely, but it is an untested risk that could hurt the very investors whom private equity firms are trying to appease in the first place. As Anne-Marie Fink, the chief investment officer of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, put it onstage at Milken: “If I get a little bit back now, but you’ve levered the whole fund and I’m cross-collateralized all through a N.A.V. loan, and I eventually lose my money, that’s not a good way for me to get my money back.” — Lauren Hirsch

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

TikTok sued to block a law that could force its sale. The company argues that the recently passed law — which requires the app to split from ByteDance, its Chinese owner, or face a ban — violates the First Amendment by effectively killing in the United States an app that millions of Americans use to share their views. The heart of the case is lawmakers’ intent to defend the nation from what they and some experts say is a security threat.

FTX said it planned to repay all its customers. It will base their reimbursement on what they were owed as of November 2022 , when the cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy, plus interest. The customers won’t benefit from the huge jump in crypto prices since then.

More drama unfolded around a Paramount deal. If Sony Pictures Entertainment and Apollo Global Management succeed in the $26 billion acquisition they’ve expressed interest in, they plan to break up the media empire, DealBook’s Lauren Hirsch and The New York Times’s Ben Mullin reported . In other potential breakup news, T-Mobile and Verizon are said to be in talks that would divvy up U.S. Cellular, according to The Wall Street Journal .

U.S. authorities are reportedly examining Tesla’s claims about its Autopilot feature. The inquiry by federal prosecutors centers on whether Elon Musk’s electric carmaker committed securities or wire fraud by suggesting its cars can drive themselves, when its systems require human supervision, according to Reuters. It may again raise the question: Is it fraud, or is it puffery?

‘Fun-flation,’ Taylor’s version

Europe has finally gotten in on Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Eras Tour — and the economic bonanza that seems to come with it.

The billion-dollar tour began in Europe on Thursday in Paris’s 40,000-seat La Défense arena, before moving on to Stockholm, London, Amsterdam and other major cities through August.

Swift’s shows appear to have inspired tourists to hit Europe. Americans who missed out last summer at home are taking advantage of a strong dollar, with tickets costing less on the other side of the Atlantic.

Airbnb rentals are up in the cities hosting concerts. Airbtics, which tracks data on Airbnb rentals, found a sharp uptick in bookings for several European stops on the Eras Tour. In Paris, rental occupancy jumped to nearly 100 percent on Thursday, up from 73 percent a week earlier. Milan, Munich, Vienna and Warsaw saw similar patterns, according to Airbtics. When European tickets went on sale in July, searches for Airbnb rentals in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool during concert dates increased an average 337 percent for show nights, compared with searches for those dates the previous month, according to Airbnb.

Some economists expect the Eras Tour to be the first boost for a busy European summer of events. Holger Schmieding, the Berenberg economist who coined the term “fun-flation” to describe how consumers were splashing out despite high inflation last year, predicts the trend will continue in Europe in 2024. Swift’s tour is one of several big events on the continent, including the UEFA European soccer championship, which starts in Germany next month, and the Summer Olympics, which open in Paris in July.

Households in Europe may have even more spending firepower than last year. Food and fuel inflation is moderating more rapidly than in the United States, and interest rates could start coming down as soon as next month. “This summer, we will in Europe have significant further gains in the purchasing power of consumers,” Schmieding told DealBook.

What the NFT boom (and bust) says about the dark side of the art market

Remember NFTs? Briefly during the pandemic, the nonfungible tokens generated countless headlines and billions in sales. Now, while other crypto assets are soaring, that market is down to mere millions, and former President Donald Trump is using NFTs to raise campaign funds . But the boom illuminated dark corners of the art market and economy, the Times reporter Zachary Small writes in “Token Supremacy: The Art of Finance, the Finance of Art, and the Great Crypto Crash of 2022.” DealBook spoke with Small about the upcoming book.

What did the emergence of NFTs reveal about the art market?

They shed light onto the speculation and laundering that happen in the art market all the time. Sales of NFTs are recorded through the blockchain, so we could see prices in real time as they were changing and deduce what was happening. There was a lot of wash trading, where someone had set up two wallets under different signatures and was trading back and forth to elevate the price of a work until some unsuspecting rube bought into it because they thought it was doing well. Some experts and analysts say that ended up being a significant portion of the market.

So should the art market be regulated more like the stock market?

The art market is often referred to as the largest unregulated market in the world. You have paintings trading for hundreds of millions of dollars. But the Bank Secrecy Act does not apply, so it’s very easy to use shell companies. Buyers don’t know sellers. Oligarchs have been very successful in using art advisers as patsies and in moving money. But federal regulators have a fundamental difficulty with the art market because it doesn’t seem serious. How do you put a price on art, and who cares? It’s a champagne problem for billionaires.

NFTs adopted a very similar approach. It’s a genius approach to create things that look ridiculous so regulators feel they don’t really need to step in. From my reporting, that’s a very deliberate strategy on the part of companies and investors to avoid regulation, and it’s worked.

What does the NFT boom tell us about the future?

What’s most urgent to me is that if you want to know how the 20- and 30-year-olds think about the economy, you need to know what they were doing in the NFT and crypto world. I think this acceptance of volatility and speculation as we’ve all lived through the interest rates changing and inflation and all the other economic red flags, it creates a system where speculation and volatility are more accepted. It makes it harder for regulators to safeguard the system.

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you Monday.

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An earlier version of this article misstated Jonathan Sokoloff’s position at the private equity firm Leonard Green. He is a managing partner, not the founder.

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