This section highlights the multimedia aspects of my reporting, whether it’s a video segment, an audio podcast, or one of my appearances on another media platform like a podcast. Here is a collection of videos where I discuss my work or share my thoughts on topics in the news. Much of it is business and finance-related, though I report on stories involving other subjects as well.
I’ve appeared on other podcasts and sat down with interviewers to share my thoughts on certain topics. I’ve also had my research featured on various platforms like live broadcast television. Here are a few of the appearances and collaborations I’ve taken part in.
#12 Covid-eo Chats: Stephanie Hughes on the impact of covid-19 on potential retail fallout scenarios
April 04, 2020
In this episode, Stephanie Hughes and I recap on an episode we recorded that was scheduled for release in March, but feared it would be lost in the Covid-19 media attention. So, we expanded on the original conclusions, created this follow-up episode, and decided to release both pieces of content.
Understanding the Retail Apocalypse with Stephanie Hughes
November 30, 2019
Understanding the Retail Apocalypse with Stephanie Hughes – Debt Free In 30 – A Personal Finance Podcast – Ep. 274. Over 600 big name store locations have closed in Canada in the last three years, resulting in over 17,000 lost jobs, and that doesn’t include hundreds more small stores that have shut down. Is this just the impact of Amazon, or is there something deeper happening? And what does this mean for the Canadian economy going forward? On today’s show first-time guest Stephanie Hughes explains why the stores are closing, and what this means for the typical retail worker specifically, and the Canadian economy and real estate.
No “retail apocalypse” in Canada right now
August 09, 2019
I sat down with Morningstar’s Ruth Saldanha to talk about how the recent Hudson’s Bay restructuring plan presents a canary in the coal mine for Canadian retail.
The Business News: The Airbnb-Hotel Industry War: What to Expect in 2018
My first publicized industry research report, “How the Airbnb and Hotel Industry War Will Look in 2018”, was featured on BNN in late 2017. Featured in the segment is my colleague who I collaborated on the report with representing the piece on live television.
I’ve produced, recorded and edited a few video segments – all of which can be found on my Youtube page. These segments were filmed using a GoPro and edited using Adobe Premiere Pro. Audio was recorded separately using a Blue Yeti USB mic with the Garageband and Audition sound editing programs.
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GameStop and the Reddit Revolution
March 14, 2021
In January, ailing video game retailer GameStop suddenly saw its stock rip to new highs, with a Reddit community leading the charge. What followed was a battle between Wall Street and the little guy, questions around the legality of the situation, and what role regulations play.
Locked Down During the Holidays
January 10, 2020
In any given year, running a business is an immensely challenging task – all culminating to a particularly stressful, high-earnings holiday season. The problem is, 2020 wasn’t just any given year. This video explores the challenges faced by small businesses in Canada.
Why Everyone is Talking About ESG Investing
October 25, 2020
In recent years, ESG (environmental, social, corporate governance) investing gained in popularity with billions in assets under management and 85% of investors expressing interest in sustainable investing. In this video, I explain ESG investing and how 2020 could be a pivotal moment with how we invest sustainably.
2020: The Year The CMHC Riled Up Canadian Real Estate
September 18, 2020
Back in June, I wrote a feature called “Evan Siddall Versus the World: A Summary of the 2020 CMHC Saga”. I approached it as an explainer on the organization’s – and Evan Siddall’s – moves in what turned out to be a turbulent year. Little did I know, it wouldn’t end up telling even half of the story. Here’s the video follow-up on what happened next.
The Business of Video Games
July 04, 2020
Many industries were decimated by the COVID-19 recession. One industry that seemed to do well despite the economic downturn was the gaming industry, which had many gamers flocking to their consoles and computers during the lockdown. But the video game industry is no stranger to challenges, here’s the history of the gaming business, where it stands today, and how it continues to thrive.
Choppy Waters The Cruise Industry in 2020
May 28, 2020
The cruise industry hit some choppy waters when the global pandemic put international travel to a standstill. In this video, I talk about how the cruise industry became the mega-sized industry you see today, how much it has contributed to Canada, and whether or not it should be bailed out.
The Lockdown and the Modern Moloch
May 22, 2020
The COVID-19 lockdown has helped stem the amount of cases across the country – but it came at the cost of a functioning economy. This has left both Canada and the U.S. in a divisive struggle of when is the right time to re-open. Some of the more extreme proponents of lifting the lockdown argued that deaths were justified if it meant keeping the economy going… which is why I call this movement the “Modern Moloch”.
Stephen Poloz: The Man, The Myth, The Candyman
May 08, 2020
Last Friday, Tiff Macklem was appointed the new Bank of Canada Governor, closing the chapter on Stephen Poloz’s tenure. It has been a wild ride of low interest rates, economic challenges, and mounting debt loads. I take a look through his years as Governor and address the challenges that the next in line will have to face.
Spilling the Tea on AirBnB
April 24, 2020
AirBnB has long been considered a sort of villain to affordable housing and one of the largest pushers of Canadian real estate investment trends. Now that COVID-19 has ravaged world tourism, AirBnB’s over-leveraged hosts have been left high and dry. The company recently asked for a bailout for its hosts. Here’s why Canada isn’t having it.
Canada’s Gig Economy and the Future of Work
April 17, 2020
The good ‘ol 9-to-5 work day is starting to become a thing of the past. That’s because if you’re in the gig economy, you’re always on the clock to keep up with rising costs. In this video, I explore the benefits and downsides to the gig economy and muse about what this could mean for Canada’s workforce in the future.
Canada’s Airline Prices and the Great Gouge
April 10, 2020
We need to talk about Canada’s airline industries – now more than ever. Air Canada, WestJet and a few other major Canadian airlines have always charged an exorbitant price for flights, largely because of a lack of price competition. But when it came to an international crisis, they took it much further.
Retailapocalypse Now: Why Malls are Dying
April 03, 2020
Retailers going bankrupt, stores shuttering, malls being abandoned… the retailapocalypse has turned the neon-hued retro 80’s mall into a wasteland. It seems like every week, you hear about another business going under. From my experience tracking bankrupt retailers and covering the sector, I explain some of the reasons retail is changing in North America.
Canada and COVID: Where we Stand
March 28, 2020
Far from my most polished video, but I wanted to comment on coronavirus updates in my country. I recorded this on March 27th to get the most up-to-date information on Canada’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, what this means and you should look out for, and I open up a bit about the challenges reporting on this crisis.
Canada and the COVID-19 Crash
March 16, 2020
COVID-19 cases are escalating across the globe, oil prices are crashing, and major industries are taking significant financial hits. Canada’s economy has a lot of challenges that the Bank of Canada stands to face – but how effective are these stimulus policies? This video explores the arguments for and against deeper rate cuts.
Toronto Housing Hits Pre 2017 Levels – What Could Go Wrong?
February 21, 2020
Toronto’s house prices staggered upward, making 2019 the ‘year of recovery’. Economists are warning about these unsustainable price surges, predicting housing bubble doom if they keep up unabated. I explain how we got here and why it’s a problem.
The audio podcasts and episodic features here were produced using either Garageband or Audition. You can follow my podcasts through my Soundcloud account.