As the world decides to move forward new setbacks continue to present themselves. In a world inextricably linked through complex globalized supply chains finely balanced on the razors edge of the just in time economy we find ourselves dangerously vulnerable to disruption.

Port of Guangzhou (Credits: AJOT)

If TSMC the world’s most critical semi-conductor manufacturer loses a day to a week in production prices can skyrocket, when a ship gets stuck in a canal prices skyrocket.

Now another crisis is at our doorstep. The Chinese providence of Guangdong has presumably seen a spike in COVID-19 cases leaving businesses and local governments scrambling causing massive shipping…


The job market throughout the United States is on fire, soaring to nearly a million job openings in April, which set a record for the highest overall number recorded in a single month since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this data in 2000 at 9.3 million new positions.

Glassdoor Page (Credits: Glassdoor)

The demand for workers is higher than ever as companies continue to brace themselves for a busy summer. Despite the uptick in new job openings, however, many workers don’t exactly seem ready to come back to the workforce. Although job openings have risen, American employers hired just 6.1 …


Less than a month after the Colonial Pipeline was hit with one of the most disruptive ransomware attacks in history, JBS — the world’s largest meat plant — was forced to shut down 9 plants due to a cyberattack. The disruption ended today with plants opening today. While the disruption was short-lived analysts have reported that meat markets could still face price volatility and supply chain disruption.

Meat (Credits: Chicago Magazine)

In a global just in time economy even the shortest-lived disruption can have rippling effects through supply chains as was made evident with skyrocketing prices and fuel shortages at the pump in the…


The EU is closing in on its first formal antitrust investigation with its eyes set on the social media giant, Facebook. The EU has been vamping up its enforcement of regulations with big tech companies in recent years, and the European Commission is reportedly set to open formal antitrust proceedings against Facebook after many long and intensive investigations into the company.

The investigation in question is set to dive into how Facebook allegedly favors Marketplace, the company's own market service, at the expense of other companies that attempt to sell their products via Facebook. …


In the wake of the Covid pandemic electric vehicle upstarts like Canoo, Rivian, Lucid, and Fisker are find themselves under the gun do to mounting supply chain pressure and labor shortages — what’s more the entire auto industry is missing production goals because of the global chip shortages. For EV upstarts, the timing couldn’t be worse. Last year many of these EV upstarts found themselves awash in private equity and institutional cash and debt, many of these companies opted to go public through special purpose acquisition companies, making them attractive wagers for large investors. …


A hacking group that is believed be based out of Eastern Europe has been involved in a cyberattack that resulted in the shutdown of the main pipeline that supplies gasoline and diesel fuel for the Eastern Coast of the United States. The Biden administration and other officials in the U.S. and globally condemned the attack and acknowledged cybersecurity as an increasing problem globally.

The Colonial Pipeline was forced to halt the company’s operations after the hackers gained accessed to its computer systems. …


Happy Cinco de mayo, today was Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company’s IPO debut and has hit a market value of $2.2 Billion (HNST). Marking another great day for female founders. The company sold 6.5 million shares opening up at $21.22 above its $16 pricing ask raising $413 million. The company’s 2020 revenues were in excess of $300 million a 28% increase over 2019. It lost $14.5 million in 2020. Diapers and wipes accounted for 63% of last year’s sales.

The Honest Company (Source: Brookfield Brief)

The personal care products brand has made a strong bet on developing good clean sustainable products highlighted in an investor letter…


Possibly America’s most successful company in its 244-year history, Apple keeps sending soft signals of its commitment to its domestic investments; earlier this week, the companies new landmark iOS update aimed at putting more power back in the hands of its customers to protect their personal privacy, and now it’s sending a hard signal in the form of cold hard cash.

Apple Logo Graphic (Source: Brookfield Brief)

Apple is now upping its US investment by 20% to $430 billion, nearly half a trillion dollars. To put that into perspective, that is roughly 20% of the company’s $2.25 trillion market capitalization. The investment is being put towards…


An almost two-decade long relationship between the late basketball player Kobe Bryant and Nike has come to a close after the estate of Bryant did not renew the basketball legend’s Nike deal this month. Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and 8 other people, passed away last year in a helicopter crash in the greater Los Angeles area. Bryant was 41years old and left behind his wife Vanessa and two other daughters.

Kobe Bryant (Credits: OneNation Sports)

Nike issued a statement saying that Bryant was “an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers” and “Though our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply…


ESG Investment Efforts Near $4 Trillion In Commitments as Banks Are Betting Heavily On Sustainability

Since the turnover of the White House and a new emphasis by the SEC to promote environmental social and governance and sustainable investment Wall Street has not only sought to comply but is full-on embracing the policy movement. The street is now mobilizing trillions of dollars in investment towards clean energy investing and sustainability finance. Big banks have the room and are now piling in from advisory to, investment, to bond and credit financing instruments.

Source: Brookfield Brief

According to Refinitiv data, the cumulative borrowing through green bonds, social bonds, and sustainability bonds stood at $264 billion in the first quarter of this…

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