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  • China’s Pollution Problems Could be a Huge Opportunity for Industrial Wastewater Treatment Companies

    The sheer scale of the Chinese economy, growing awareness among industries about water sustainability, and government regulations demanding sophisticated wastewater treatment are driving the wastewater treatment market in China, which offers tremendous opportunities for international players.

  • 7 Factors That Are Holding Back China’s Shale Gas Revolution

    China’s aim to replicate the US shale gas revolution by 2020 has been stalled owing to multiple market, economic, and technological challenges.

  • Macau's Gaming Sector - It's a Good Time to Roll the Dice

    The preferred playground of the gambling world’s high rollers, Macau is aggressively expanding its hospitality and tourism sectors and is well on its way to becoming the premium global gaming and tourist destination by 2018.

  • IP Theft – China and Beyond

    The world economy has long grappled with the effects of intellectual property (IP) theft, either aided or overlooked by the Chinese government. Due to rising economic costs, a strong international outcry has erupted over failure to contain surreptitious Chinese malpractices in global technology and manufacturing, resulting in an outflow of proprietary corporate and military property.

  • China’s Car Population May Peak With Regulatory Caps

    Auto sales in China slowed considerably over the nine months leading up to September 2015.

  • Vietnam - A Promising Alternative to China for Sourcing

    Over the last few decades, China has remained the leading export hub for various categories; however, the country is now losing relevance as a trade partner due to several challenges. On the other hand, due to strong growth in economy, high availability of suppliers, lower labor costs as well as multiple FTAs; Vietnam is emerging as an attractive sourcing alternative for global organizations

  • US-China Trade War: And The Winners Are...

    Over the last year and a half, the US-China tariff war has had a significant impact on trade diversion, creating both winners and losers. It has reshaped supply chains globally. The hike in tariff prompted the US to shift its supply chains to other Asian countries, while Chinese firms increased sourcing of goods from the Americas, excluding the US. Vietnam emerged as the biggest beneficiary and has since seen the most significant increase in market share, particularly in electronics and textiles. Asia’s other emerging economies, such as Bangladesh, Taiwan, and Thailand, have also benefitted from the trade war.

  • Italy joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative – A short-sighted move?

    Italy became the first G7 country to formally join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This move was seen with extraordinary caution in the West as Italy is a major NATO ally and any deal that tilts Italy towards China can be key challenge for the USA . Italy is currently in a vulnerable position with second highest debt to GDP ratio in the EU, after Greece. Its growth is also expected to experience a slowdown. Considering these situations, Italy aims to improve exports to the Asian Giant through the BRI project. However not everyone in Italy is onboard, coalition partner and Italy’s Deputy PM Matteo Salvini has stayed away from all official BRI related engagements to express displeasure over the agreements. The article explores a variety of political and economic angles and also explore China’s debt trap diplomacy in relation to Italy’s current financial vulnerability and analyse if the deal makes sense in the long term from an Italian perspective.

  • Are Electronics and Automotive Manufacturing companies shifting their base from China to Vietnam?

    Vietnam has emerged as a favorable alternative production destination for the electronics and automotive industries. This is due to several factors: the country’s robust economic growth (+6.8% YoY in 2019, driven by increasing FDI), increase in imports (+10.5%) and exports (+7.3%), multiple free trade agreements, rise in industrial production, low raw material costs, and high availability of raw materials and suppliers.

  • Has COVID-19 Disrupted the Future of the Belt and Road Initiative?

    While China is gradually reopening its economy after successfully containing the spread of COVID-19, it is facing multiple challenges on the economic and political fronts. The lockdowns disrupted China’s manufacturing industry, adversely impacting its economy; at the same time, its standing in the global community has been weakened due to its alleged mismanagement of the virus outbreak. The country has been criticized for originating the pandemic, delaying the response, and not disseminating timely accurate information to the World Health Organization. China worsened the situation by engaging in a violent conflict with Indian troops along its shared border region and exhibiting aggressive behavior in the South China Sea. These developments are expected to impede the progress of China’s golden project – The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

  • Belt and Road Initiative – A Bumpy Ride

    The much-talked about Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious project of China, is set to strengthen connectivity between Europe and Asia. However, the project has run into rough weather, drawing criticism from various quarters—it is largely seen as a move by China to increase influence on smaller economies and gain entry to new markets. Will this project have a positive global impact or is it just another geopolitical move by one country aimed at self-aggrandizement?

  • Chinese Industries Adversely Affected by COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic turmoil. Industries across sectors are impacted as a result, and nations are preparing for the worst recession of the century. As the virus originated in China, it was the first country to feel the economic repercussions of the outbreak. Some sectors in the country were badly hit and may have to face the cascading effect of the virus as well. It seems that the worst is yet to come.

  • Market reactions on Coronavirus, Is it overhyped?

    The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China has already started affecting various business sectors either directly or indirectly. As the death toll in the country climbs, China is forced to take preventive measures and focus its efforts on people’s health and safety. Increased leaves in factories, along with decreased travel and shopping, are already dragging a few sectors down. Will these effects lead to a global downturn or will they be a short-term panic attack? What will be the impact of this virus on the world economy? We attempt to answer these questions in this article.

  • What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Global Markets? — A Short and Long-term Overview

    The world's waiting with baited breath to see how hawkish the Trump presidency will really be.

  • Kuwait Inflation Is at Its Lowest Since March 2004

    Kuwait’s consumer inflation declined to 0.5% YoY in September 2017 following a 1.2% YoY gain in August, according to Kuwait’s Central Statistical Bureau. This was the lowest inflation since March 2004. 

  • Is the US headed for a recession?

    A full-fledged trade war between the US and China, reminiscent of the Cold War, could result in U.S. imposing tariffs on all goods traded between the two. The resultant tax burden would push cost to a degree that U.S. companies would not be able to countervail them through cost pass-through or cost rationalization, thereby whittling down operating margins. The tax increase would also wipe out most of the long-term gains of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As corporate fundamentals weaken, expansion and investment plans would be shelved, resulting in job cuts. Consumer confidence would take a beating, resulting in reduced consumption. The factors mentioned above could have a domino effect and push the US and (consequently) global economy to the tipping point of a full-blown recession.

  • 3 Consumer Staples Stocks You Need To Get In On

    Consumer Staples, prized for their slow but steady growth in investment portfolios, are generating higher alpha than ever before.

    They’ve not only been more resilient to the usual market headwinds but also have tremendous potential to grow, bolstered by technological disruptors and a growing consumer base among the world’s emerging market middle class.

  • Researchers Focus on Manufacturing Wind Turbine Blades

    About 1,500 patent publications have been filed each year for the past 5 years. China, US and Europe are preferred geographies for patent protection

  • 8 Things to Look for in a Good Research Partner

    If you're in business, you're at war.

    Odds are you’re also trying to run a lean business, which means you've not got enough manpower to chuck into the trenches.

    When it comes to gathering critical information about the markets, the competitors, or even the feasibility of key business decisions; most firms operating out there have in-house research experts that are a jack of all trades, but masters of none. And this might work in few cases.

    Sometimes though, and this definitely sneaks up on the weary that aren’t wary, you’ll need to spring a little extra for situations that call for specific expertise.

    Your first big decision is whether you want to tackle this internally, or hire a Research Partner. 

  • The Future of Digital Lending in India

    Digital lending is leading the FinTech revolution. Though still in the nascent stage, it has managed to gain a strong foothold in India. Various models are currently being used, as it slowly evolves and becomes sophisticated. In this article, we explore the potential of digital lending startups in India, along with factors driving growth and the role of various government initiatives to support it.

  • Polyester 2020 - A Tough Road Ahead

    Polyester prices that continued to decline in 2019 as a result of falling prices of raw materials are expected to fall marginally in H1 2020. Continuous reduction in feedstock prices (PTA and MEG) as well as oversupply of polyester in the market are the other reasons for decreasing prices. Slowdown in the global economy, coupled with the ongoing US-China trade war, has further weakened the demand for polyester, negatively affecting its prices.

  • The US IPO Market is on an Upswing in 2017

    While the number of IPOs in the US decreased from 275 in 2014 to 105 in 2016, the US IPO market has rebounded in 1H2017. The rebound can be attributed to a backdrop of stable economic indicators, strong job growth & improved corporate earnings, all of which should make for low market volatility in the coming quarters.

  • The Chemicals Industry: Resilient During the COVID – 19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted the global economy thereby altering the growth trajectories of most key sectors. However, the chemicals sector seems to have remained largely unscathed and is in fact poised to benefit from new opportunities that this pandemic has presented.

  • US Equities Rally — Is There an End ‘Round the Bend?

    An economic slowdown, while worrisome for investors, is not as concerning as the basis on which market valuations seem to have been pegged. 

  • Solar Power Sector: Would the COVID-19 Pandemic Restrict Growth?

    Prior to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the solar energy sector had been witnessing an upward trend and growth across various geographies owing to project launches and increase in capacities. However, the pandemic has drastically changed the scenario; companies are currently witnessing decline in demand and disruptions in supply chains and will have to bear the long-term effect even after the risk of the pandemic is mitigated. How will the solar power sector respond to this impending threat?

  • OPEC Expects an Equilibrium in the Global Oil Demand-Supply Equation

    Although oil prices remain volatile, the anticipation of improving global economic climes coupled with a 0.6 mn bpd cut in production by non-OPEC oil-producing countries could cushion oil prices in 2017.

  • Biofuels – Hot Attraction among Alternative Energy Patent Seekers

    The biofuel sector has attracted a considerable amount of research, with more than 2,500 patents filed every year since the past five years.

  • Medical Ventilators – Witnessing Increased Patent Filing Trend In Recent Years

    Medical ventilator domain has witnessed increasing patent filing trend over the last five years

  • Effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global theatrical release business and OTT platforms

    The global economy, initially unaffected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in China in December 2019, could not surmount the successive fallout of the pandemic, that began spreading to other countries by early February 2020 and warranting a near-global lockdown. Although manufacturing, transportation and logistics have weathered the lion’s share of the associated economic impact, the effect on the global film production and distribution business is believed to extend to as far as mid-2021.

  • Dubai – A Rising Star of Medical Tourism

    A number of significant investments as well as several favorable factors have made Dubai a medical tourism hotspot in the GCC region.

  • How to Mitigate the Impact of Brexit Through Sound Procurement Practices

    While uncertainty about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union may be abating, the slew of changes it entails in everything from exchange rates and laws governing contracts to logistics and trade rules are forcing companies to reconsider their procurement strategies.

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sequestration – Attracting Considerable Research!

    CO2 sequestration research area has attracted considerable research, with more than 1,000 patents filed every year (except 2013) over the past five years.

  • India’s Ban on Chinese Apps – An Opportunity for Indian Tech Start-ups

    The political strain between India and China in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the more recent Galwan Valley skirmish has prompted the Indian government to ban certain vulnerable apps that have a Chinese hand. Indian citizens are also favoring home-grown products in their attempt to boycott Chinese products and to support the government’s edict. With the pervasive presence of Chinese apps in almost all segments – from financial services to entertainment and gaming – the current ban opens up vast opportunities for Indian players. Can Indian start-ups rise to this challenge to meet technological demands and emerge as winners?

  • 9 Things to Research Before You Enter a New Market

    One man’s ignorance is another man’s opportunity.

    In a world where external forces are impacting business’ success like never before, conventional wisdom and experience can no longer guide future strategies. To gain a strategic advantage, companies must learn about the what, where, and why of the market environment they plan to enter.

    They need a good Competitive Intelligence (CI) strategy.

  • Regime Based Asset Allocation (RBAA) — Let the Data Talk

    The growth of multi-asset portfolios in recent years has created a need to look beyond traditional asset allocation strategies. Different economic regimes produce significant impact on various asset returns and risks, albeit at varying degrees.

    Dynamically rebalanced asset classes have an established track record of increasing returns while reducing risk. A formal regime based asset allocation strategy could therefore be the optimal option for investors banking on multiple investment possibilities.

  • GCC 2020 expansionary budgets under threat from oil price slump due to Covid-19 spread

    Oil prices have been declining over the past two months following the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, which is now spreading globally. The spreading of the disease is expected to have a substantial effect on global GDP and oil prices. The persistent weakness in oil prices is worrisome mainly for the GCC region as oil is the major source of revenue. Gulf countries have already announced their budgets for 2020, assuming oil price at USD55–60 per barrel. With oil prices currently way below the GCC governments’ estimation, the deficits of these countries could widen toward the end of 2020. However, the constant efforts of GCC countries to diversify their economy towards the non-oil sector over the past many years would provide some cushion in this challenging environment.

  • Inclusion in MSCI EM Index Fuelling Bullish Sentiments for the Saudi Stock Exchange

    The prospect of inclusion in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) is fuelling bullish sentiments for the TASI, which could sustain well into the next three years. 

  • Technologies Inspired by Nature

    With over 3.8 billion years of rigorous R&D, Nature is, by far, the most sophisticated and powerful innovator there is.

  • Commercialization of Nano-additives — Labs to Market

    Through the application of nanotechnology, existing products such as fuel, cement, or food can be manipulated on an atomic, molecular, or supramolecular scale by means of nano-additives/nano-fillers so as to enhance their physical or chemical properties. 

  • Innovative Plastics & Polymer Additives for Smart Packaging

    The smart packaging market is gaining traction, especially among sectors such as food and pharma, and is likely to boom in the coming years. 

  • Will Clean Meat Make the Cut in Asia?

    There are clear signs that clean meat is set to debut in Asia. San Francisco-based company JUST announced plans to introduce its cultured chicken nuggets in Asia sometime this year. A pertinent question at this point is: is the chain of events actually substantiated or is it what the industry and media would like us to believe?

  • Has COVID-19 Impacted the Growth Prospects for Wide Bandgap Materials?

    The COVID-19 outbreak abruptly paused the supply chain for wide-band gap materials, however reoccurrence of demand green shoots in 2Q 2020, is likely to reset the market from a proverbial pause mode to an active fast forward stage as wafer suppliers mitigate the existing supply chain conundrum and plan for a longer haul in the semiconductor material market.

  • Deodorants and Antiperspirants Market is on the Rise

    A deodorant is a personal hygiene product applied to the body to prevent body odour.

  • Trash to Treasure: Global Waste to Energy Market Scenario

    The World Bank estimates global waste levels to rise by 70% of the current level by 2050, driven by growth in urbanization and population. Rising waste level, coupled with rapid increase in consumption of energy globally and the growing need for governments to meet their renewable energy targets, has given a boost to the waste to energy market worldwide.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines Under Clinical Development

    SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is an enveloped, positive, single-strand RNA virus. Currently, there are no approved vaccines to safeguard people from this virus. More than 100 projects worldwide are centred on developing a potential vaccine for the coronavirus. Vaccines under clinical development vary in type and platforms used; the types of vaccines that are mainly developed are DNA, RNA, VLP, inactivated, live attenuated, and protein subunit vaccines. The list provides details on the vaccines under clinical trial and is a ready reference for all trials in clinical and pre-clinical phases.

  • Edible Packaging

    An edible film or coating is a thin continuous layer of generally recognised as safe (GRAS)-certified edible material placed on food or between food components that can be eaten as a part of the whole food product.

  • Are you ready for the upcoming transformation in the global lithium industry?

    From mining to production, the race is on to dominate the lithium supply chain. While Chinese companies are aggressively expanding through mergers and acquisitions, new entrants to the market are expected to disrupt the supply dynamics. Lithium production is expected to grow driven by the overwhelming demand for lithium for use in electric vehicle batteries. However, changing demand dynamics are throwing up challenges in areas of capacity utilization, future opportunities, battery packing, and new chemistries. It is thus vital for companies to track the ecosystem so they can plan sustainable actions.

  • Seismic Exploration - Shift in Research towards Improved Data Quality and Reliability

    Seismic exploration is the process of estimating the properties of earth’s subsurface using reflected seismic waves released through sources such as air guns, vibrators, and dynamites.

  • Oral Insulin

    Diabetes is a type of metabolic disorder caused by an insulin imbalance in the body either due to insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas or due to body cells not responding to the insulin that is produced.

  • Is alliance the answer to OEMs’ woes in global auto industry?

    The global automobile market is in a turmoil, reflected in declining sales volumes. Geopolitical issues and rising R&D cost due to tighter environment protection norms have created challenges for the industry. This is compelling key players to form alliances and forge partnerships in their bid to survive amid uncertainty. However, the moot question is: Is this enough? How sustainable are the alliances? Let’s take a look.

  • 3D Printing

    3D printing is a process of creating solid objects, where consecutive layers of materials are set in three dimensions until the desired object is formed according to data fed in the modelling software or from the scan of an existing object.

  • Vitamins as Animal Feed Additive – Booster for Health and Nourishment

    nimal feed additives are pharmaceutical or nutritional supplements that are not natural feedstuff.

  • Oil & Gas Players Need to Weather Serious Regulatory Reforms to Counter Climate Change

    2016 is going to be a year of reckoning for the Oil & Gas industry.

  • Why Aren’t Negative Interest Rates Feasible For Developing Economies?

    Developed nations are fast adopting the Negative Interest Rates to boost economic growth and shake off money-hoarding. The trickle-down effect of the slowdown in the developed world is impacting the developing economies.
    Naturally, we ask, “Is the unconventional policy really feasible for the developing economies?”

  • Dental Implant: Inter-Disciplinary Research to Improve Patient Experience

    Dental implants are inert materials embedded in the bone of the jaw or skull (i.e., maxilla and/or mandible) to manage tooth loss, and aid replacement of lost oral and facial structures caused by trauma, periodontal diseases, injury, or other reasons.

  • Gap in demand–supply of masks: Is there a solution?

    As countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for protective gears is soaring. Masks, especially, have seen unprecedented growth in demand. As the number of cases rises and the acute supply shortage continues, companies and governments are taking steps to bridge the demand-supply gap. The big question is: will demand for masks remain high even after the pandemic is over, or will companies be holding large unused stocks?

  • Heat-Resistant Paints Market on Exciting Growth Path

    Heat-resistant paints or coatings are specially manufactured to withstand extremely high temperatures for longer durations.

  • Contactless Delivery – Saving Lives Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, measures are being taken across the world to practice social distancing and limit human contact. In such a scenario, emerging technologies such as drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles have come to the rescue and are being deployed to perform various functions. Their usage has helped hospital staff, security personnel, and retailers. Will these technologies continue to be deployed even when the crisis is overcome, or are they only being used as a temporary arrangement?

  • Micro mobility in the fast lane – addressing the first and last mile commute

    The rising concern on environmental degradation has led to various solutions to reduce our carbon footprints. This business model, which involves shared use fleets of small e- vehicles has recently attracted a lot of attention, due to investments flooding it. The conducive environment has allowed this model to flourish and the futuristic outlook of its market is also positive.

  • Is the US economy heading toward a significant market correction?

    The US markets suffered its worst week in over a decade as investors went into panic mode with the S&P 500 losing almost 11.5% in a week, rapidly wiping out nearly a year’s worth of steady gains. With the longest ever 128-month expansion, investors are skeptical about a significant market correction in the short term. Moreover, the impact of coronavirus may weaken the Chinese economy and, in turn, US and other markets. Though economic indicators, such as the yield curve inversion and PMI data, provide substantial evidence for a correction, valuations remain on the higher side.

  • Oil Prices May Rise if the OPEC Algiers Accord Holds

    Crude prices jump over 6% as OPEC reaches consensus on production cuts; builds hope that oil prices will rise.

  • What drives commodity prices- speculation or fundamentals?

    Commodity prices are affected by various factors. While demand and supply dynamics could be the underlying cause of fluctuations, at times, other forces too create ripples in the market, such as speculation by traders, and changes in government policies. What is, therefore, the main cause of price fluctuation historically and has it changed?

  • Mobility Trends and Their Impact on Auto Industry

    The automotive industry is ready to transform with the impending transition to shared, electric and connected mobility. The transition is expected to drive change at a tremendous pace and impact all players in the automotive ecosystem. The article chalks out a series of potential scenarios as mobility trends come into full effect, and talks about how players within the ecosystem are capitalising on the opportunities.

  • Smart Clothing – Apparels That Can Sense, React & Adapt to Stimuli

    The increasing trend of patent filing in smart clothing over the last five years is indicative of the extensive research undertaken in the design and fabrication of smart apparel.

  • Euphoria in Indian markets following elections: Will it last the next five years?

    The grand finale of the Indian political version of Game of Thrones culminated with a landslide victory for the BJP in the general elections held in May 2019. That markets were welcoming of the mandate was reflected in the euphoric jump made by benchmark indices as exit poll results poured in. However, markets seem to have moderated since then. The new government faces challenges on the economic and policy fronts, especially trade, in the light of the US upending long established systems and practices. Will these issues take the sheen off the post-election rally in Indian markets? How will the new government’s decisions or actions impact markets; will economic data override the externalities?

  • Impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains

    Supply chain is a highly competitive domain, where optimization is important to reduce costs and inventories. However, the flip side is that this has reduced the buffers and flexibility to accommodate delays and disruptions. Therefore, companies should work toward making their supply chains flexible and resilient in order to effectively offset risks.

  • Lithium Polymer Batteries

    Lithium polymer batteries, or LiPo batteries, are secondary cells that find application in mobile electronics, laptops and radio-controlled equipment. W

  • The 2016 US Presidential Election - Not Your Typical Year

    While election years usually bode well for the American markets and economy, 2016 could defy the norm. The Chinese slump and slipping oil prices are likely to weigh heavily on an already ailing American economy.

  • COP21 & Its Implications for India

    The Paris summit held in December 2015 marked a ground-breaking global agreement on climate change.

  • Engine Cooling System

    Cooling systems deployed around the periphery of the IC engines of vehicles play a vital role in safeguarding the engines from overheating.

  • Will active fund management strategy make a comeback in 2019-20?

    Historically, since the financial crisis of 2008, passive fund management has outperformed active fund strategies, prompting investors to pull out cash from active funds and park their money in passive funds. This led active managers to cut down their fees as they looked to boost net returns; however, they continued to lag behind their passive counterparts. Passive funds did exceedingly well in a bullish market, which was marked by adoption of expansionary monetary policies in developed countries that were keen on infusing liquidity and promoting businesses. However, in the current scenario, as the world economy moves toward a slowdown and uncertainty surrounding certain high-profile political events increases, we believe volatility will rise as the year progresses. What do historical trends indicate? Which type of funds perform better in a volatile environment? More importantly, amid recessionary signals and high volatility, can active funds fare better?

  • COVID-19 Impact on Global Oil Industry

    The oil industry is experiencing a dual supply and demand shock due to COVID-19-led lockdown measures across the world. In 2020, global oil demand is expected to decline by 9.3 mbd compared to last year, posing severe economic threats in oil producing countries.

  • Has COVID-19 Hit Growth of Renewable Energy Sector?

    COVID-19 has impacted almost all the economies globally. Industries worldwide are adversely affected and racing to dodge the impending recession. The power generation industry, including the renewable energy sector, is also facing the fallout of the pandemic. Though the effects on the sector are vague now, these will become prominent in the upcoming months. In fact, the repercussions could be so vast that the renewable energy sector may take few years to regain normalcy.

  • Will COVID-19 be a game changer for retail fashion?

    Stephen Covey once said, "If there's one thing that's uncertain in business, it's uncertainty."
    This holds true especially in current times, given the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and uncertainty surrounding its impact on the society and economy. Despite the challenges posed by epidemics, they often pave the way for innovation and bigger opportunities. This article explores how fashion retailers are coping with the crisis and looking at alternative avenues.

  • Indian Telecom Industry: Consolidation Paving Way for Stability

    The Indian telecom industry has witnessed significant changes over a period of time. Currently, it is in the consolidation phase amid intense competition, declining revenues, and high capex requirements. With increasing data usage among consumers, companies are shifting focus from traditional voice calls to wider digital consumer space such as content and mobile banking solutions. This paradigm shift is expected to be the key to stabilization and growth in the industry in the coming years.

  • Edible Vaccines – A Research Area Waiting to Explode

    Ease of administration and patient compliant due to oral delivery

  • Is 'Emergency Innovation' Helping Emerging Nations in Their Fight Against the Virus?

    Coronavirus is extremely contagious and has spread to over 150 countries across the world within a span of two months. Countries are adopting various macro-strategies to deal with the pandemic. Data shows that emerging countries have managed to deal with the epidemic more effectively than developed nations. While developed countries are using hi-tech technologies, emerging nations are taking recourse to ‘emergency innovations’.

  • Impact of NB-IoT and LTE-M in Manufacturers and Logistics sectors

    IoT is increasingly being incorporated by businesses, indicating its growing significance. The connectivity facilitated by this system plays a key role in boosting efficiency. Currently, the most popular connectivity technologies are LTE-M and NB-IOT, characterized by low power consumption and wide area of coverage. Here, we mainly discuss their impact on logistics and manufacturing industries, including the role they would play in further growth in the two domains, and the outlook for these technologies.

  • Gene Therapy – Promising Method to Cure Diseases

    Gene therapy is ‘the use of genes as medicines’, which involves the transfer of a therapeutic gene into specific cells of an individual to repair an unhealthy gene.

  • Mini-grids: Bridging the Gap in Electricity Access

    More than a billion people across the world do not have access to electricity; this includes Africa, where a major share of the population lives without electricity. To increase electrification and link remote locations, more and more countries are looking to install mini-grids. Asia and Africa are recording higher growth in installation of mini-grids, and it is expected that by 2030, mini-grids will provide electricity to more than 500 million people globally.

  • Will the oil market plunge sink all producers?

    The bloodbath witnessed by the crude oil market on the weekend of March 08, a ‘seismic’ event of sorts, saw oil prices nosedive to record lows. First, on Friday, March 6, news came in that talks between OPEC and select non-OPEC countries led by Russia for the extension of production cuts had collapsed; this implied that all producers would be free from April 1 to pump as much oil as they could. The likely result would be an oversupply in a market already grappling with slowdown in demand following the outbreak of coronavirus. Second, on Saturday, March 7, there was news of Saudi Arabia offering discounted prices to customers in line with its aggressive strategy to increase market share. This could potentially prompt producers across markets to cut prices in their bid to garner a bigger share. The overall impact was a mayhem in oil prices that led major research houses to substantially revise price targets downward. The developments may have far reaching negative impact, albeit in varying degrees, on all oil producers, from GCC countries to Russia to US shale oil producers.

  • 5G: Did COVID–19 Mar the Grand Rollout?

    The rollout of 5G, expected globally in 2020, took a beating as COVID–19 struck with all its might, taking one country after another. To deal with the highly contagious virus, lockdowns were imposed across the globe that completely derailed the rollout of 5G. While spectrum auctions and implementation have resumed, the tempo has slowed significantly compared to the speed with which 5G was being rolled out; however, there is hope that the delay will not have a long-term impact.

  • Plastic Circular Economy - A Hopeless Dream Post COVID-19?

    Plastic emerged as a savior during the pandemic; it is the core ingredient of most of the protective gear, due to which its demand has increased. Fear of infection also led to a rise in the use of single-use plastic. Moreover, companies which had pledged to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle plastic are unable to follow through, as its expensive for those impacted by the current economic crisis. Hence, would the dream of a plastic circular economy be dashed to the ground?

  • Is Bitcoin a safe haven?

    Cryptocurrency, a currency of the digital era, is slowly changing the norms of conventional trading. Due to its association with the dark net, it has a somewhat dodgy reputation and is not accepted in some countries. However, the currency, which has its origin in blockchain technology, is in fact technically a secure asset. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency, emerging as a favored asset to trade in due to high returns. This article examines the aspects of Bitcoin trading and its features to see if it can be considered as the next safe haven.

  • Open Banking: More Than a New Compliance Norm

    The global banking sector is witnessing a lot of disruption from FinTech players. This has prompted traditional banks to focus on developing/upgrading digital capabilities to avoid being rendered obsolete by new entrants with superior personalized offerings and services.  ‘Open Banking’ is a blessing in disguise, and, if banks want to thrive, they must consider embracing open banking APIs.

  • All that Glitters is Gold

    Gold remains a haven for investors as it is not adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The rising gold prices of 2019 are continuing their upward trend in 2020, reaching new highs. The demand pattern of this precious metal is shifting, and the supply side is now facing constraints. Yet, gold could well be the savior that investors need to safeguard their money.

  • Optimizer Stevia: Promising candidate in changing sweetener landscape

    Led by the rising consumer demand for alternative sugar owing to increase in metabolic diseases, the global alternative sweetener market is expected to reach $19.65 Bn by 2026. Stevia is an interesting alternative to sugar in the current market, in line with the demand for healthier options. The substitute is very popular among consumers as it has zero calories and  is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Therefore, players in the industry are aggressively investing in R&D to develop a better competitive solution based on stevia.

  • Quantum Computing: A Roadmap to the Future

    With classical computing having reached its limit and advanced computing requirements on the rise owing to the advent of big data and artificial intelligence, quantum computing has turned the need of the hour. However, dealing with the complexities of quantum mechanics is a challenge that many companies are trying to overcome. Although the technology is still at a nascent stage, it is imperative for all industries to begin exploring the potential of quantum computing and develop a road map for customized use cases.

  • IMO 2020: Making Way for a Cleaner and Greener Earth

    IMO 2020 deadline to comply with low sulphur bunker fuel is round the corner and global ship operators are evaluating all feasible options to comply with the requirements. While ship operators are the end users to implement IMO 2020 regulation, the real fundamental impact will be seen higher up in the supply chain, which is the refining industry. Current marine fuel consumption accounts for ~50% of high-sulfur low quality byproducts produced by global refiners. Thus, one of the key challenges that refiners need to address is how to absorb this low quality byproduct post implementation of IMO 2020. Repercussions in terms of shipping cost and price of middle distillate products is also some of the key trends that industry observers are closely watching.

  • Impact of digitization on Indian E-tail market

    Digitization, aided by remarkable growth in internet and smartphone users as well as reduction in smartphone prices, has triggered a major transformation in the Indian retail market. The rapid development of the digital market, coupled with favorable government reforms, higher capital outlays, and investment by foreign majors, is driving a gradual shift from retail to online retail. The uptrend in online retail is only expected to strengthen, unleashing immense growth opportunities.

  • Can UV-C lighting Help Reopen the World?

    COVID-19 cases are still increasing in some countries. However, the huge downturn suffered by the global economy has forced industries across the world to open while effective solutions to deal with the deadly virus are underway. This has brought UV lighting in focus. UV lighting has been incorporated in medical tools for the past 40 years. Currently, lighting companies are exploring its efficacy during the pandemic. The concept has strong potential in the present scenario, and innovative solutions are being studied by lighting companies for its applications in various industries.

  • Floating Offshore Wind Energy

    The need for environment-friendly resources and technology is rising. Renewable energy resources are gaining popularity, with wind energy being the second largest source. Though offshore wind is the fastest growing source, floating offshore wind source is also emerging as a powerful source of energy. Platforms and turbines are being developed to garner this energy. Though the resource faces challenges in implementation, it is a viable and economic option, and if a few measures are taken, it can easily become a main contributor of renewable energy.

  • Surge in GCC sovereign bond issuances at attractive yields: Buyers underpricing risk?

    Multibillion-dollar bond issuances in April 2020 by three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia – have galvanized the fixed income market, especially the emerging economies segment. The attractive yields offered prompted fixed income investors to submit bids exceeding the issue size. However, the region is reeling under the impact of the slump in oil market, besides the economic fallout of COVID-19-induced lockdowns. Therefore, the question arises would the yields adequately compensate for the risks.

  • AI To Aid in Decision-making During Pandemic

    In today’s technology-driven world, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled devices are more of a necessity than luxury. With more enterprises going online, AI is increasingly becoming relevant. It is also playing a significant role in fighting the global pandemic at various levels. While there are challenges in the adoption of AI, implementing the technology will only ensure organizations are better prepared for similar crises in future.

  • Compact SUVs – a segment growing against all odds

    As the automotive industry faces a slowdown in India, the compact SUV segment is proving to be an outlier. Relatively new to India (introduced in 2013), compact SUVs, defined as small cars with a higher ground clearance, is the only segment that has recorded positive sales growth and strong bookings in the past few months. Though the trend is unique in itself—sales of expensive SUVs are strikingly higher in a market where consumer confidence is at a six-year low—the implication for OEMs that are struggling in the competitive passenger vehicle market is larger. Basically, it is a strong indicator of shift in Indian consumer behavior that needs to be taken into account by the industry.

  • US Elections – Impact of Presidential Change on Equity Markets

    With the US Elections slated to be held on November 3, 2020, curiosity about who would be the next American President is growing. Amid global tensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other geopolitical issues, citizens are hoping for a strong leadership. For Donald Trump, the current Republican President, the challenge to retain power has increased as voters’ attention has now shifted from concerns such as social equality to managing the huge number of COVID-19 cases and stimulating the economy, which has been severely hit by the pandemic. Can a leadership change from Donald Trump to Joe Biden positively impact equity markets?

  • Investment opportunities in distressed assets amidst Covid pandemic

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, nations are deploying various measures to limit causalities. The crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia isn’t helping either. The negative impact of the outbreak is felt across sectors. The distressed debt industry will now go into an overdrive as businesses face shutdowns and unemployment rises. Which sectors get affected? How severe will be the impact? 2020 will be the crucial year…

  • Crude Oil Solidification – Unexplored Opportunities

    Crude oil prices have plunged to a 22-year low. Oil importers are trying to leverage this situation by buying more oil and storing in the available facilities. However, due to high demand, these facilities have reached their limit and become expensive. The stockpile continues to build owing to the crash in demand caused by the worldwide lockdown. A few technologies have been ideally developed for easy transport of bitumen through solidification. These emerging technologies must be explored and commercialized to find a solution to the oil storage issue.

  • ISO 20022: The Future of Payments

    ISO 20022 is an upcoming standard that would considerably improve the efficiency of payments and establish checks, enabling companies to transfer payments seamlessly. It is the global language for electronic payments, which would help systems worldwide to communicate and transmit significantly more data through payments. This standard would not only streamline international cross-border payments, but also drastically mitigate the reconciliation issue.

  • How has COVID-19 Impacted the GCC Auto Sector

    Historically low oil prices and decreased demand in the aftermath of COVID-19 – a double whammy for the GCC economy – have severely impacted all sectors in the region, including auto industry. Along with low unit sales, traffic on roads has decreased amid the crisis. However, certain growth opportunities are emerging even during the tough times. Additionally, some countermeasures can be taken to help the sector ride out the challenging environment.


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  • China Slowdown — Impact On Key Economies

    After three decades of extraordinary growth, the Chinese economy is undergoing a major transition from export and investment-driven growth to consumption and service-led sustainable growth.

    The transition is underway in the midst of a pronounced economic slowdown however, a contagion that has the potential to spill over to other economies as export-driven economies weather the effects of a Chinese slump. As waning demand from one of the world's most prolific markets has an adverse effect on global trade, commodities exporters are particularly concerned.

  • China's Economy Slowing: Will Stimulus Save the Chinese Economy?

    China's economy is slowing. As the government grapples with decelerating economic growth, its monetary and

  • China’s Luxury Market — Losing Sheen?

    China’s current economic slowdown has been a bane for the country’s millionaire club.

    A weak currency, strong ant-corruption reforms, and stiff luxury taxes are forcing global luxury brands to rethink their expansion plans in one of the world's fastest growing consumer economies. 

  • Is the Center of Steel Production Shifting Again?

    A combination of several factors has resulted in developing countries like China and India replacing traditional steel-producing countries such as the US, Japan, and Germany over the past few years.  There's another shift afoot, however, and new global centers of steel production are likely to emerge before long.

  • Asia Pacific: An Evolving VC Market

    Spurred by substantial growth in key economies like India and China, Asia-Pacific has emerged as a sweet spot for global Venture Capital investors.

  • Co-sourcing — Making Buy-Side Fixed Income Portfolio Management More Efficient

    While the ultimate goal of a portfolio manager is to outperform the index or benchmark, one has to constantly ensure the portfolio is resilient to economic, political, and financial volatilities and uncertainties. 

    Hybrid co-sourced models can help.  

    Buy-side fixed income firms are increasingly considering offshore relationships as an extension to their trading desks and in-house research teams. While outsourcing is not new to buy-side engagements, this practice is gaining more traction with portfolio managers who are under intense pressure to screen and propose effective investment ideas constantly. 

    Read on to know how co-sourcing can make buy-side fixed income firms far more efficient.

  • Solar Energy Sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The demand for electricity in Saudi Arabia is growing at a rate of 7% per year, pushed largely by a growing population. Current capacity stands at 66 GW, which is expected to double by 2030.

    One of the largest producers of oil in the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also the world’s sixth largest consumer of oil. 

    The domestic consumption of oil has increased at an alarming rate of 4-6%, nearly twice the rate of population growth. Demand from residential as well as commercial customers has been steadily increasing, boosted by a rapid growth in both population and industry. The global leader in crude oil exports also burns more oil than any other country to generate electricity, spending nearly $16bn every year just to cope with local electricity demand.

    If these trends continue, domestic consumption could eat into Saudi oil exports and render the Kingdom a net oil importer by 2038.

    The shape of things to come has made the Saudi government keen to explore alternative sources of electricity production.

    Solar Energy is expected to get a huge boost in the coming years taking into account environmental and health effects, the economics of solar energy, the geographical location of solar power plants, and load forecasting in Saudi Arabia.

  • The Dollar Conundrum — Hedge Your Bets Before They're Bearish

    A well-diversified portfolio usually comprises of domestic and foreign investments. While portfolio diversification helps in mitigating country-specific and region-specific risks, it also exposes investors to the fancies of Foreign Exchange (FX) fluctuations. Consequently, investors are increasingly wondering whether to hedge  their foreign currency exposure.  

    We believe that a currency management strategy needs to be in place that enables investors’ to effectively manage overall portfolio volatility and risk, while also maximizing long-term returns. FX strategy is likely to vary depending on an investors’ primary objective: return maximization or risk reduction. Nonetheless, hedging currency tends to produce higher returns over the long term, while lowering risk. 

  • Winning Shelf Space: Private Labels or FMCG Brands?

    Consumer preference for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), based on quality and affordability, in the high inflationary markets led to the emergence of private labels across geographies such as Europe, China, India, and the Americas.

    Higher margins provided by the private labels in comparison to established FMCG brands have resulted in higher sales push by the retailers and hence, has augured well for the growth of private labels.

    This whitepaper is an effort to delineate the emergence of private labels and its impact on branded products in the FMCG sector.

  • European Wealth Management - An Insatiable Appetite for Growth is Imminent

    While Europe boasts about USD 73 trillion (29%) of global wealth, just  USD 14 trillion of Europe’s gross wealth is currently managed under regulated open-ended funds. Although countries like  Germany, France, the UK and Italy comprise two-thirds of Europe’s wealth, smaller core countries such as Luxembourg and Switzerland reflect higher average wealth per adult, and hence, greater wealth management opportunities.

    This is especially true in Europe. 

  • Global Clean Energy Outlook

    Cheaper coal, oil, and gas haven't been able to derail a general shift toward greener, more sustainable sources of energy. In this report, we'll examine the global transition towards clean energy, investments in renewable capacity additions, and the potential opportunities (and roadblocks) in the growing renewables sector.  

  • The Disruptive Power of Virtual Currency: Is it Real?

    Virtual currency has been a debated concept within the technology community in the past few years, as transactions through this medium do not require any third party’s involvement.

  • Listed Infrastructure - An Attractive Investment Alternative

    In the current global scenario where traditional asset classes no longer assure stable returns, listed infrastructure is attracting investors in a big way. In 2015, investors have largely been cautious about the equity markets due to expectations of stable growth in the US and the likely interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) amid declining jobless claims and improving consumer sentiment.

  • Is yield curve inversion coming to Asia?

    The US yield curve inverted recently with the widely-tracked spread between 10- year and 2-year bond yields turning negative on August 14 for a brief period, sending the equities market sharply down (Dow fell 800 points, its biggest fall this year). Earlier, in May, the 10-year 3-month yield spread turned negative. The inverted yield curve (negative 10–2-year spread) has preceded economic recessions several times in the past. However, there is no accurate lead time for when the recession will hit following the inversion of the yield curve (studies indicate a range of 8 to 24 months with an average period of 22 months).

  • Charging the world through lithium battery recycling

    Lithium ion batteries provide added advantages over conventional batteries making them more appropriate in a world of portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. Their ability to sustain temperature variations, compact structure, rapid charging facility, and use of lightweight material like graphite and lithium make them a popular choice. Lithium ion batteries have about 70% market share traditional batteries are fast losing their space. This market is estimated to grow up to $26.45 million by the year 2025.

  • Will COVID-19 Slow Down Electric Vehicle Revolution?

    While 2020 was supposed to fast-track the decade of EV revolution, the pandemic has slowed down its pace, at least for the near term. Delayed production and damping consumer confidence coupled with low oil prices are clearly going to be deterrents for EV uptake. OEMs are clearly in trouble as stock prices crash, supply chain disrupts and raw material price increase.