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The Toptal Finance Blog is a hub for in-depth studies and analysis on all facets of finance, ranging from innovative strategies on raising capital to detailed coverage of new finance trends and technologies.

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What Happened to BlackBerry: Zombie Stock or Comeback King?

by Natasha Ketabchi

What happened to Blackberry? The company, once the most valuable in Canada, has effectively been a zombie stock for a while. Is the picture painted by the stock a fair one, particularly for a company whose revenues are up 20% YoY?

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The 6 Most Recession-Proof Industries

by Alex Graham, CFA

Recession-proof industries either provide an absolute necessity that consumers will always keep purchasing, or have characteristics that are conducive to experiencing increased demand in downturns.

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Serving Food From the Cloud

by Naveen Sharda

The restaurant industry is infamous for its failure rate. The most common reason for failure is location. Cloud kitchens do away with this obstacle, allowing restaurants to operate without having a central hip location.

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Digital Banking Innovation in the Age of Disruption

by Nirvikar Jain

To understand the recent decline in prominence of large banking conglomerates we must first understand the innovation history of the industry. This provides clues towards the paths banks must take for an innovative future.

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Green for Take Off - Inside the Electric Airplane Industry

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

Will electric airplanes dramatically reduce fuel costs, save the environment, and jumpstart the dying regional industry? In this article, we examine why electric airplanes are having their moment in the sun. We size the market, take bets on the winning players, investigate the challenges in current technologies, and take a guess at when you'll be flying in an electric plane.

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Analyzing the Effects of Negative Interest Rates Across Five Economies

by Alex Graham, CFA

What happens when interest rates drop below zero - are you really paid to borrow money? Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Eurozone have all experienced negative rates and their experiences give pointers towards the effectiveness of such strategies.

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Looks That Thrill - Inside the Booming Beauty Industry

by Natasha Ketabchi

How has the beauty industry become extremely innovative? How did Glossier and The Ordinary approach (and crack) the problem of enticing consumers, building brand loyalty and creating unique experiences? The lessons are relevant for all DTC companies.

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Equity Levels of Value: The Logic Behind Premiums and Discounts

by Nathan Krishnan S

Business value is much more than just the sum of discounted future cash flows. There are strategic elements related to equity control that also determine true worth. These factors manifest through control, liquidity, marketability, and synergistic discounts and premiums.

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