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  • Regulations for Defining Future Infrastructure Development

    Future contracts for infrastructure development will require clear guidelines as to how an infrastructure company should synergize its processes and comply with government regulations. After all, we live in a dynamic environment, where the landscape is changing continuously. Infrastructure is built for the society’s convenience. It is important, therefore, to assess the impact of construction on people, environment, and future-proofing. While government regulations and laws have been in place to address these aspects, adherence is by and large patchy and must be ensured.

  • 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.

  • Zero Trust Security: An Ideal Cybersecurity Solution in the "Work from Home" Culture?

    The outbreak of COVID-19 and the consequent need for social distancing have made “work from home” (WFH) a norm across the globe. Although currently being viewed as a short-term measure, this concept may soon become a culture. The future may see employees not being constrained within a brick and mortar structure. Access to information on cloud from anywhere ensures business continuity, and WFH or “Work from Anywhere” will soon be the new mantra. However, in such a scenario, robust and reliable cybersecurity solutions would be required to combat the increasing exposure to cyberattacks.

  • Zero Trust: A Solution to Enterprise Cybersecurity Concerns?

    Technological advancements have ensured constant connectivity for enterprises and facilitated remote access. However, this has also increased threats of data breaches, hacks and malware attacks. Various cybersecurity solutions have been developed to beat hackers who are increasingly using advanced tools. One of these solutions is the Zero Trust model, equipped with features to create more layers of safety.

  • EM Bond Markets – Thematic Relative Value Ideas for EM Credit Markets

    Emerging market bond indices have been highly volatile over the past couple of months, mainly due to investor concerns over US elections, a UK slowdown, and weak Chinese data. A couple of defaults and instances of restructuring in markets like South Africa are some of the highlights on the short side of the spectrum.

    While EM bond markets have recovered from their lows in December 2016, we believe concerns over rate hikes and currency volatility have led to investors adopting a cautious approach.

  • 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?

  • MiFID II — Impact on the EU’s Research and Trading Desks

    The European Commission approved the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) in April last year, regulations that are slated for implementation by 3rd January, 2018.

    The directive requires complete unbundling of research costs from trading commissions in order to ensure efficient market performance and transparency, with significant implications for inducement-related considerations among both buy-side and sell-side firms.

  • 3 Reasons Why Most European Banks Will Recall Legacy Tier 1 Bonds in 2017

    Commerzbank and Standard Chartered surprised bondholders in November last year when they decided against exercising the call option on high-coupon fixed-rate legacy tier 1 bonds that are due in 2017.

    Their decision could be outliers rather than ominous however, driven largely by factors that aren’t likely to sway most other European banks.

  • Shift in Work Culture in Post-COVID–19 World

    The fear of COVID-19 has led to the need for social distancing and lockdowns across nations. Most corporates have introduced WFH policy to ensure business continuity. However, this policy can be sustainable only if it has a strong technological support that enables smooth connectivity and easy collaboration. Will it be feasible for companies to make WFH a permanent feature or will the technology infrastructure cost be too high?

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Robo-Advisors — Innovation in a Time of ETFs

    Automated solutions can now provide investment advice at costs ranging between 0.15% - 0.50% as compared to the usual 1% fee that traditional investment advisors charge. What started off as experiments in providing low-cost investment advisory tools have spawned over a hundred Robo-advisory services worldwide. 

    Could they be the game-changers they’re made out to be?

  • Smart Beta — Innovation, Meet Opportunity

    The tech bubble wiped out an estimated $30 trillion of wealth. The credit crisis that followed soon after further shook investor confidence in the markets. As a result, investors shifted from active management and hedge funds to passive investments that were still seeing massive growth.  

    In an attempt to reduce costs and boost returns, ETF providers dabbled in self-indexation to beat the market curve.

    Ideating, backtesting, constructing, and managing indices is a cumbersome endeavor however, demanding a lot of time and diligence if it’s to be done effectively.

    Efforts to circumvent these drawbacks have gradually spawned a new breed of innovative ETFs — known as Smart Beta — that combine aspects of both active and passive management strategies. 

  • 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. 

  • Twitter — A Crystal Ball for Asset Managers?

    Crowdsourcing through social media could be the next big thing in an asset manager’s analytical arsenal. 

  • Gearing up for the Next Wave of AI in Pharmaceutical Industry – From Cost-based to Value-based models

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping business operations in the health industry. Amid the ever-evolving AI infrastructure, growth in tech-savvy patients and availability of big data, the industry is set to make a transition from using AI for controlling costs to utilizing it for improving patient care. The AI in healthcare market is estimated to reach $6.6Bn in 2021 from $600Mn in 2014, recording a CAGR of 40%; in the five years subsequent to 2021, the market is estimated to grow by more than 10 times.1 In this article, we provide insights on the applications of AI in patient-centric models for improving patient care, from diagnosis to post-treatment care.

  • 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.

  • Potential Business Models with emergence of Autonomous Vehicles

    Players across industries and at all levels of the value chain are constantly monitoring R&D around vehicle autonomy in their bid to understand its contribution in the ecosystem. We believe the emergence of autonomous vehicles will boost the shared economy and attract new stakeholders and beneficiaries to the ecosystem. The question then arises: how would they make money from the products and services, and which factors would determine the overall mobility cost for end users.  The article details end users’ expectations from autonomous vehicles and attempts to answer the two questions.

  • 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.

  • Six Sectors That Could Boom During the Trump Administration

    Here’s where to put your money if the Trump administration sticks to its guns.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Budget 2017–18: It is What You Make of It

    Preponed, progressive, and pervasive, the Indian Government’s Budget had a few unexpected turns that could hint at things to come.

  • 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. 

  • Medtech companies to play larger role in emerging telemedicine space

    The current pandemic is a grim reminder of the significance of virtual healthcare advisory. While telemedicine has been in practice for decades, the COVID-19 outbreak has catapulted its adoption to a completely different scale. It is on the way to becoming mainstream as the urgency of meeting medical needs during this period of social isolation increases. Medtech companies are expected to play a big role in facilitating this by coming up with relevant solutions that will enable physicians and patients to connect in no time and irrespective of location.

  • Hydrogen Economy - Are Liquid Hydrogen Carriers the answer?

    Hydrogen, despite being the smallest and the lightest of all elements, is difficult to transport. Amid its rising popularity as an alternative fuel, the logistics of delivery and storage pose a concern. Various methods are used for delivery, of which some are costly or complex. Liquid hydrogen carriers (LHCs) could be the solution to the logistics problem.

  • Saudi Arabia Budget 2017 — Expect Aggressive Deficit Reduction

    If its budget is anything to go by, Saudi Arabia sees 2017 as a glass half full.
    Assuming that global oil prices rise and they manage fiscal fine-tuning effectively, can Saudi Arabia lower deficits without raising debt?

  • 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.

  • Can Quantum Computing Transform the Financial Services Industry

    Quantum computing, a popular concept, is set to transform the financial services industry. The technology has been in existence since 1981 but is still at the nascent stage. Considering its powerful real-world applications, the potential ramifications far exceed the possibilities associated with current technology. This article highlights the likely use cases of quantum computing in financial services that could contribute to the growth of the industry.

  • 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.

  • Digitalization: Gaining Momentum Across Sectors

    ‘Going digital’ is the only way for companies to grow today and gain a competitive edge. Digitalization is taking place across sectors and geographies. However, adopting a new technology is not simple and requires in-depth analysis of various parameters. An expert and knowledgeable research partner can ensure that the company gets accurate data, along with insightful evaluation, to take an informed decision.

  • M&A Trends in US Technology Sector

    Technology acquisition has been the preferred way of strengthening position and expanding for both tech and non-tech companies in the US. M&A activity across major technology sub-sectors, including software, technology hardware & equipment, IT services, internet software and semiconductors, is driven by increased interest from non-tech companies and PE firms, and the need to acquire new age technologies such as IoT and AI.

  • Obama's Climate Clean Up!

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which EPA unveiled in 2014, is expected to be finalized in early August. This plan mandates all states to reduce their carbon dioxide emission from existing power plants.

  • Expect Sturdy Growth in the GCC’s Education Sector

    Most oil-exporting Arab states face the analogous challenges of fostering inclusive growth and creating job opportunities. The present slump in oil prices has exacerbated these challenges. Given the facts, economic diversification could be a viable option to boost growth, create jobs, and improve resilience to oil price volatility in the long run.

    This won’t be possible, however, unless the GCC’s education sector can gear up to give their students a fighting chance on a global playground.

  • XaaS – Powering the 'On-demand Economy'

    Changing business environment and increasing competition is pushing the organizations to improve operational efficiency, develop customer centric solutions, increase top-line and enhance innovation capability. In such a dynamic business environment, customers require offerings that are custom-made, available on-demand and allow digitization at a lower up-front cost. To meet these changing demands, enterprises across sectors need to transform their current product based offering to service based offerings and adopt flexible business models such as Everything-as-a Service (XaaS) to be able to form deeper customer relationships and develop predictable revenue streams.

  • Taking Indian Carriers International - Relaxing the 5/20 Rule

    International traffic handled by Indian carriers increased by 12.0% y/y (17mn) over 2015. Foreign carriers witnessed a similar trend, with international traffic growing by 15.4% y/y (32mn) over 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?”

  • Why Hope Isn’t Lost For the Indian Markets?

    India has been well marketed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his “Make in India” campaign as a great investment destination over the past year.

  • 4 Tasks in Facilities Management That IoT Could Take Over

    Recent advances and innovation in the industry pale in comparison to what’s arguably its next big thing - IoT enablement.

  • Growth and Potential of IoT-based Smart Waste Collection Technologies

    The increase in municipal waste generation, coupled with the existing inefficiencies in waste collection methods have triggered growth of smart waste collection technologies and solutions worldwide. The usage of IoT based smart solutions for waste collection lowers functional costs and allows the entities to undertake operational analytics and optimize waste collection services, thereby increasing their operation efficiencies.

  • Digital Procurement: A Direct Materials Perspective

    Over the past few years, digital transformation has become a buzzword that has infiltrated organizational departments, including procurement. Implementation of digital technologies is considered a top priority for most CPOs in mid-to-large scale organizations. While the software market is relatively mature for indirect material procurement, organizations still struggle to find the right set of solutions to facilitate direct material procurement operations. In this article, we have focused on challenges in adopting digital technologies for direct material procurement and the type of systems global conglomerates currently have for direct procurement operations.

  • Silicon-based LHCs: Driving Carbon-free Hydrogen Economy

    In our previous article, we shared an overview of liquid hydrogen carriers (LHCs) and their role in the rapid adoption of hydrogen as a fuel. Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs) are currently the popular choice for storing and transporting H2. However, these carriers eventually degrade over time in the form of carbon emissions. Recently, silicon-based carriers, which are free of carbon, have been introduced as a solution to the problem. In this segment, HySiLabs has developed HydroSil, a promising silicon-based LHC. This article highlights the implications of HydroSil on current and future hydrogen economy, as expressed by Vincent Lôme, Ph.D., CSO and co-founder of HySiLabs.

  • Chemical Recycling of PET - Moving Closer to Circular Economy

    Currently, the usage of plastic is linear—it is used and discarded in oceans or landfills after one use only. However, to save the environment, plastic waste should be recycled and reused. Traditional methods used for recycling plastic waste give just 60–70% yield. Furthermore, on subsequent recycling, Recycled PET (rPET) hazes, which is not suitable for the production of packaging products. The objective of this article is to highlight alternate methods of recycling plastic waste which give 100% yield of recycled plastic, with quality as good as virgin plastic obtained from petrochemicals.

  • Emerging Mobility Trends in Middle East

    Mega trends such as shared mobility, connectivity, electric vehicles and autonomous driving are making inroads into the Middle East automotive market. Changing consumer preferences and growing adoption of new technologies are driving the demand for these new mobility mega trends and shall impact all the stakeholders in the Middle East automotive industry value chain.

  • Fintech Revolution, What’s Next…?

    Fintech revolution is the new buzzword in the financial industry which is constantly evolving. This sector has attracted several startups that are bringing technological innovations to the financial market. Investors are closely watching developments fueled by the new revolution. This article highlights the four upcoming areas in Fintech that have high probability of success and early investment opportunities. Many of these start-ups have the potential to become a unicorn and can yield high returns to its investors.

  • Probiotherapy: The Next Generation Skincare Trend

    The use of skin microbiome emerged as the biggest trend in the cosmetic industry in 2018. The human microbiome project, completed in 2016, paved the way for   understanding the diverse microorganisms present on the surface of the skin. Similar to gut, researchers now are constantly focusing on application of probiotics to improve the skin microbiota. The domain has been gaining traction particularly due to increased demand from customers for cosmetics that are natural. While the prospects for microbiome in the skincare market are high, growth may be slow until the regulatory framework associated with the launch of live bacterial products are better defined.

  • Is the ECB Fuelling an Asset Bubble in the European Corporate Debt Market?

    ECB maintains status quo; continues to blow a growing asset bubble.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) — Changing the Manufacturing Sector’s Landscape for Good

    Rising consumer demand, increasing technology penetration, and the advent of modern machines are disrupting traditional manufacturing processes, compelling the manufacturing sector to become more autonomous and self-driven.

  • 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.

  • Zeroing in on the Right Approach to Innovation

    Innovation is the crux on which growth depends in every domain. In business, companies can take recourse to different means of innovation. However, it has to be planned—identify the problem and then come up with a solution.

  • Will Private Equity Firms Emerge Unscathed from the COVID-19 Crisis?

    COVID-19 has negatively affected almost all sectors of industry. Many bore the brunt of the pandemic, with lockdowns and restricted travel ringing up losses. The private equity business is no exception; many ongoing deals, and several more in the pipeline, are now paused. The business, which was on the upswing, will now be hit due to this turmoil. However, there are some factors favoring the PE space. If participants can take steps in the right direction, they may be able to emerge from this crisis with minimal damage.

  • 5 Flaws and Fixes in P2P Lending That Could Make Banking Obsolete

    Online marketplace lending platforms — aka P2P platforms — could be a real threat to the banking sector if they get these things right.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Four Technological Advancements That Could Change the Medical Tourism Landscape as We Know It

    The next wave of medical tourism growth will be assisted by superior technological systems and services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Will Indian Generics Makers Target Niche Pharma Markets in the US?

    With growing interest in low-cost healthcare options, the US pharma market could be a more lucrative opportunity than their domestic markets for Indian generic drug makers.

  • 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.

  • Indian Distressed Debt Market

    State of NPAs in the Indian Banking system and reasons for failure for previous RBI mechanisms to resolve NPAs; purpose for incorporation of IBC and procedure under IBC; Evolution of IBC and the way forward; Participant in Indian Distressed Debt Market

  • 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.

  • Long-Term Trends Likely to Emerge in TMT Sector as an Aftermath of COVID-19

    COVID-19 has led to increased usage of internet as well as technology, media, and telecom (TMT). As the virus continues to force nations to remain under lockdown, these trends will be long-term and may become part of the “new normal.” While the developed countries already had a large base of online users, they still saw a surge in numbers. The emerging nations are continuing to see a rise and yet have unexplored potential that could lead to further growth.

  • Growing Competition in US Media Industry Driving Acquisitions

    The astronomical success of Netflix has disrupted the traditional entertainment market, luring tech players to the newly created SVOD segment and forcing incumbents to adapt. With content as the key differentiator, companies are either investing heavily in original content or acquiring traditional companies with popular existing content. Some companies are also using this opportunity to diversify or enter new segments through acquisitions. The past year has seen many major deals, including mega mergers such as Disney-Fox Corp and AT&T-Warner. The momentum is expected to continue as small media companies look to partnerships to boost scale or gain synergy.

  • Saudi Arabia’s "Vision 2030" to Transform its Economy

    The oil-dependent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a long-term blueprint to transform itself into a more diversified economy, with non-oil government revenues projected to increase six-fold to SAR1tn by 2030.
    It’s an ambitious dream to transform an economy that relies on crude oil exports for more than 70% of government revenues.
    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 15-year economic plan is the boldest attempt yet in the Kingdom’s history to spur additional revenue streams amid a steep fall in commodity prices.

  • AI - A Key Element in Bridging the Security Gap for IoT Devices

    Increasing vulnerability of IoT devices to cyberattacks and other security threats have led enterprises to implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)-enabled solutions. As hacks become more sophisticated and advanced, traditional security measures are being rendered ineffective. Progressive technologies such as AI and ML have helped in improving security by reducing security breaches and increasing operational efficiency.

  • The Cisco-BlackBerry Deal – 9 Months On, Who Gained More?

    On June 23, the cross-licensing deal between Cisco and BlackBerry was announced. The agreement was a no-brainer when one considered the current market position of BlackBerry, and how the Canadian technology giant wanted to make full use of its assets. However, the deal did raise a few eyebrows when one considered that it was only Cisco who would pay a licensing fee to BlackBerry, and not the other way around. With the deal now a quarter shy of being a year old, let’s understand who stood to gain more from the deal – Cisco or BlackBerry?

  • Fiscal Deficit Overview in the GCC

    A sustained slump in oil prices has eaten into the fiscal buffers that GCC countries built up over years of plentiful oil revenues.

    While the region witnessed an acute deterioration in its external and fiscal balances over the past three years, GCC countries anticipate a relatively lower fiscal deficit in 2017 as compared to the previous year, likely due to a series of reforms within the region as well as a rally in oil prices due to production cuts. 


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  • 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.

  • Emerging Markets’ Infrastructural Sector — At a Tipping Point

    Global infrastructure sector continues to bear the brunt of constrained public budgets and lack of effective government and private partnerships that has led to inadequate investment and a disappointing growth. Consequently, the gap between the required and actual investment continues to widen. We believe, selective investment strategy in emerging markets will open door to plethora of investment opportunities in the sector.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • GCC: The Age of Digitalization is Here

    This report delves into digitalization initiatives in the GCC region aimed at improving its digital competitiveness. High competitiveness would enable GCC countries to diversify into new markets, increase industrial efficiency and productivity. Governments in these countries are implementing programs to fast track development. These efforts have prompted businesses to focus on digital transformation. Besides touching upon programs, the report highlights focus areas for stakeholders that are crucial to continue with modernization.

  • KSA Fintech Report

    Fintech has been one of the hottest sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), as reflected by deal volume during 2018 and 2019. The increase in deal activity is not only due to innovative financial solutions but is also a result of customer demand for simpler products and services.