In 1959, around 1700 billion cubic meters of natural gas were found in Holland’s Groningen region. At the time, gas prices were near their all time high and the Dutch had a relatively strong ability to harvest oil through the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), which was jointly owned by Esso and Shell. The discovery of natural gas was believed to enable the Dutch economy to grow and prosper, which it appeared to do so through the 70s ...
Nearly everyone is familiar with the Russian-Ukrainian war that exploded at the beginning of 2022, but why did it start? Was the capital gain for Russia’s elite a surprising side effect, or an important consideration all along? This article explores the unintended consequences of the West’s response to the war and how Russia’s social and political system enables oligarchs to continue profiting off of times of crisis.
Tesla is considered one of the key leaders in the EV market, but with other players slowly entering the EV market and facing increasing pressure from its growing competitors, can Tesla still keep its title of being a leader in the EV market? This article explores how Tesla can expand beyond being just a leader in the EV space, and instead become a broader leader within the entire energy transition.
With nearly 50 million users active daily, Roblox is one of the most popular video games in the world. In fact, categorizing Roblox as a video game is misleading - it is one of the most successful platforms in the world, allowing developers to make their own video games on the Roblox platform.
Dry powder in private equity has swelled since 2013 to almost $3 trillion. With this record amount of dry powder and recent run-up in asset prices, firms are eyeing alternative assets to capture uncorrelated returns and diversify their portfolios. Over the past decade, sport franchise values have skyrocketed and grown rapidly when compared to nearly every other asset class.
With the proliferation of new technical bugs, computer viruses and ransomware, the demand for comprehensive security plans to protect businesses and individuals has never been greater. Even testing tools such as security scans are often inadequate and thus hiring hackers to instead test corporations’ platforms proves to be beneficial. With cybercrimes being very lucrative and hackers being viewed as technological tools, it is critical to understand what incentivises cybercriminals.
As an era of rapid monopolization spurred by Big Tech begins to boom, efforts made by governing bodies through antitrust legislation grow more aggressive. This article explores the idea that despite the honourable intentions in preventing a monopolistic market, the war on big tech is not as black and white a conflict as it may initially seem. The deeper you look, the more evident it becomes that antitrust legislation is less a protective mechanism fighting against the monopoly power of Big Tech, but rather an economically misguided, politically motivated and legally conspicuous institution focused too much on tearing things down and too little on building them back up.
With a worsening climate situation worldwide, India is one of the most vulnerable nations to drought-linked disaster.This article explores the systemic climate-based risk facing the Indian insurance sector, and how it could tap the global markets to offload this risk and prepare the country for impending climate catastrophes.
With rising environmental, social and governance (ESG) corporate standards in the recent decade, the oil and gas (O&G) industry has been pushed under the spotlight. Contributing to 57% of global energy consumption, O&G has become the top sustainability priority for industry professionals to work towards. This article explores why the future of ESG relies heavily on O&G advancements and provides frameworks under how steps could be taken for changes underway.
When hearing the phrase “energy conflicts” the mind immediately races towards fossil fuels and the issues facing their consumption. From climate change to human rights concerns, the challenges faced by the global consumption of this commodity are well documented and understood. The solution proposed is the transition towards the green economy.
Psychedelics have the potential to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. However, can regular people take advantage of this investment opportunity? This article explores how the cards may be stacked against individuals looking to capitalize on the psychedelics boom.
SPACs may be the only commonality between Lazard, Shaquille O'Neal and Chamath Palihapitiya. With clear guidelines, stronger leadership and potential, the rise of SPACs poses a threat to IPOs. This article explores the rise of SPACs and why they may lead to the demise of the traditional IPO.
After BlackBerry’s iconic rise and fall, many thought the company’s best years were behind them. However, BlackBerry has remained resilient, shifting their focus towards the B2B software market. Will the company dwindle or emerge as a contender in the industry? This article explores how management’s business strategy transition has revitalized BlackBerry and transformed the company into a future ready business.
Although 2020 was a record setting year for the advancement of space technology, the space industry as a whole is just breaking through the atmosphere. Explore the challenges that companies in the space industry face, and how the business decisions they make could impact their success now and in the future.
The gig economy saw a rapid growth since the Great Recession when numerous workers were introduced to the concept. It has been twelve years since the Great Recession started, will the growth continue? This article seeks to answer this very question.
Renegade into the future? Not so fast. TikTok’s had a viral run over the past year, bringing us new challenges, trends and fun. With rising concerns surrounding the app, a forced divestiture of its American operations may lead to the demise of the app as we know it.
How many video subscription services do you subscribe to? As a myriad of new players enter the market, competition is heating up and your favourite shows are most likely offered on different platforms. Explore how the evolution of the streaming market has been detrimental to the consumers it was created to serve.
How can alternate data aggregation help eliminate systemic inequities that plague credit markets? The article explores novel mechanisms to integrate thin-file underbanked individuals into formal financial status.
Haven't had a chance to ride the electric wave? As Tesla continues to grow at unprecedented levels through the pandemic, WBR takes a look at how smooth this ride may really be. Catch a glimpse into the world of electric vehicles and why Tesla may be overvalued.
Have you been spending all your time inside playing video games? As gaming becomes the new source of entertainment during this period of self-isolation, live streaming platforms have seen a surge in viewership. This WBR article explores how the esports industry has been able to mitigate the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency shrouded much in mystery. Is it merely a medium of exchange or is it more controversial than it is meant to be? Feel free to read through this WBR article as it aims to explore how Bitcoin can be used as a tool to facilitate money laundering.