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  • Saudi Labour Market Challenges

    In an effort to reduce unemployment, improve domestic workforce capabilities and participation, as well as boost productivity among SMEs and private sector players, Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant reforms as part of its shift toward a non-oil economy.

    This transformation will be some time in the making however, as the Kingdom has to overcome several challenges such as social dynamics of the labour market, wage disparity between Saudi nationals and migrant labourers, as well as an excessive dependence on foreign labour.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Ramadan - The Impact on Saudi Stock Market

    We observed that the Ramadan has a pronounced impact on the Saudi stock market as measured by its all-share index TASI, when we analyzed past eight years’ stock market data.

  • Deodorants and Antiperspirants Market is on the Rise

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

  • 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.

  • International Beer Brands Are Betting Big on Africa’s Untapped Beer Market

    Surging urban populations and better economic tides are good news for a budding African breweries sector; localization and aggressive expansion likely as several international players vie for a slice of the pie. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Heat-Resistant Paints Market on Exciting Growth Path

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • India’s Newest FMCG Upstart is Making Rivals Sweat

    India’s newest FMCG upstart is unsettling her markets.

    A home-grown brand that touts itself as holistically ayurvedic, Patanjali Ayurveda Limited is growing aggressively enough to displace other veteran and more well-established brands in the Indian market.

  • Six Sectors That Could Boom During the Trump Administration

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Payment Banks: A Paradigm Shift in India’s Banking System?

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted 'in-principle' approval to eleven entities that allows them to set up payment banks.

  • Is There an E-commerce Bubble in India?

    The 1600s witnessed a surge in the demand for tulips.

  • COP21 & Its Implications for India

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

  • Investing in Saudi’s Consumer Staples

    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.

  • Nearly One-third of Saudi Stocks are Trading Below Book Value

    Despite some headway in reducing its reliance on oil, the Saudi economy and stock market is showing signs of stress in the face of declining oil prices.

  • OPEC Production Cuts Announced — Rebalancing Expected in 2017

    OPEC members agree to cut crude production to 32.5mn b/d until June 2017 — reducing global oil supplies by about 1%.

    The agreement among all 14 member countries will be effective for six months starting January 2017, with a provision to extend the deal until December.

  • 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. 

  • Will Credit Growth Revive the Saudi Banking Sector?

    As Saudi Arabia begins diversifying its economy in earnest, the banking sector is looking forward to some favourable tailwinds amid government reforms and favorable demographics.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • OPEC Production Cuts Still Undecided — Oil Slides Again Due to Sagging Sentiment

    Iraq’s out, Trump’s in, and the oil market is writhing due to growing uncertainty.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Demonetization’s Impact on the Indian Automotive Sector — Short-term Slump Will Subside Once Cash Flow Normalizes

    The Indian government’s bold move to invalidate large currency denominations in November has led to a severe liquidity crunch across the nation for over two months now. In an economy where dealing in hard cash is deeply entrenched, this has, invariably, resulted in a slowdown across several sectors.

    The automotive sector is among several other cash-starved sectors coping with India’s demonetization and slow transition to normalcy.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Will Norway Survive The Global Slump In Oil Prices?

    As lower oil prices plague markets worldwide, the Kingdom of Norway — which generates about a quarter of its GDP from the oil and gas sector — has also been affected.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • China’s Car Population May Peak With Regulatory Caps

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

  • 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. 

  • How Plastics Can Boost 3D-Printing of Medical Devices

    The wide usage of plastics, especially photopolymers, can evidently unlock the great potential, in terms of applications, of 3D printing of medical devices.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • QFI Trading at TASI: Trends and Analysis

    Saudi Arabia opened its capital markets in June 2015 in a bid to attract foreign investments. The move allows foreign institutions to directly invest in shares listed on the Saudi stock exchange after obtaining a Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) status from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?”

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Indian Government Invalidates Large Currency Denominations — Could This Affect the Nation’s Liquidity and GDP?


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  • Men’s Grooming: A Buzzword Taking Indian Millennials By Storm

    Increasing consciousness among Indian males about appearance is driving a boom in the market for traditional as well as new grooming products. Many startups with innovative offerings are giving competition to traditional market players. The sector, at a nascent stage currently, is expected to witness phenomenal growth in the medium term.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • KSA’s Petrochemical Earnings Improve in 2016, but Top Line Remains Muted

    Lower oil prices coupled with weak global demand continued to weigh on the kingdom’s petrochemical sector in 2016. Gross margin expansion however, did support bottom-line growth.

  • 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.

  • Plastics Reshaping Wearable Medical Devices

    Metals and ceramics are prevalent in the medical industry. However, the unique properties of polymeric materials and their blends exhibit potential as better replacements for conventional materials.

  • 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. 

  • What 2017 Looks Like for Indian Start-up Valuations

    As caution (and common sense) began to question the business and revenue models that India’s biggest tech-startups were banking on, investors shifted focus from scalability to profitability.

    2017 looks like a year of reckoning for India’s tech-startups.

  • Future of US Grocery Shopping: Cheaper, Smaller, Smarter

    Is the US grocery industry witnessing a “transformation” or “disruption”?

    As grocers try to find an answer to the biggest question, it is certain that the industry is at an interesting crossroads. Grocers are increasingly feeling the impact of intense competition, whether to win price wars or attract customers to pay higher prices.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Insurance Carriers Riding with Uber

    Recent IPOs of companies such as Uber and Lyft highlight the growth experienced by ridesharing companies. However, these companies face incremental risks and cost of insurance to provide cover for their drivers and passengers. In this article, we provide insights on how ridesharing companies can offer opportunities for insurance carriers to expand their businesses and venture into the ridesharing insurance market

  • Why Tech Watch Should Be a Part of Your Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategy

    “Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

    ― Andy Rooney

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 3D Printing in Plastics

    3D printing, one of the seven disruptive technologies of this century, is also among the top 10 technologies that are expected to transform the coming decades. The technology finds application in several industries, such as industrial aerospace & defence, consumer products, automotive parts, industrial machinery, and healthcare, to manufacture products using polymers, ceramics and metals. However, more than 70% of the market is currently dominated by 3D printing of polymer-based materials due to the ease of process, availability of material and low cost.

  • Why Technology Surveillance Tools Are Not Enough for Tech Watch

    When technology evolves at a breakneck pace, it is necessary for dynamic organizations to track the innovations and technological developments affecting their area of business, and be aware of the opportunities — and threats — coming their way.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Twitter — A Crystal Ball for Asset Managers?

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Hair Care Preparations

    Hair care encompasses the overall maintenance of the health and hygiene of hair.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Changing Consumer Habits Herald Innovation

    Developments in the food & beverage (F&B) industry, an essential part of the US economy, are noteworthy. Changing consumer demand is creating opportunities for businesses to grow. As competition heats up, it becomes important to capitalize on the latest trends in order to stay ahead in the race. This article explores some of these trends and the potential for players in this business.

  • The AI Revolution in Banking

    AI is among the key trends that will reshape the banking industry going forward. Today, AI has evolved to play an integral role in many phases of the banking ecosystem, with a potential to make banks exponentially “smarter”. AI is not just another technology to enhance productivity – it is an industry disruptor with the potential to bring exceptional value to businesses and customers.

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

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

  • Is your business vegan-ready?

    Have you recently been to a restaurant and encountered an entire section devoted to vegan food options? Or while out shopping, are you finding retail shelves suddenly filled with vegan options for cosmetic and personal care products? If you are, don’t be surprised—this once-niche concept is now going mainstream!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are Mergers and Acquisitions the Way Forward in the Global Reinsurance Industry?

    Massive claims during catastrophe makes reinsurance a risky business. A range of structural trends further undermines their performance. Amidst these challenging environment, mergers and acquisitions are a great way for reinsurers for their survival and growth.

  • Four Ways To Get More Out Of Your Patent Landscape Studies

    Simon Sinek, in his TED Talk ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’, makes a prudent point. Interestingly, this very point makes a significant impact on R&D and IP professionals.

  • 3D Printing of Human Organs — Future Perspective & IP Scenario

    Thousands of patients are waiting for a lifesaving transplant today. Some of these are critical cases, and mortality in those patients is high due to a dearth of suitable donors.

    3D-Printed organs may emerge as a life-saver for such patients.

  • 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.


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  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Market Liberalization in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities Galore for Foreign Investors

    In July 2014, authorities approved plans to fully open the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) to foreign direct investments (expected by 1H 2015).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Aircraft Safety Systems - In The Spotlight

    Not long after we first caressed the clouds, billions of travellers take to the skies every year on the world’s fastest mode of transport.

  • India Online Travel Industry - Potential For Rapid Growth

    With greater access to technology and connectivity than ever before, a booming middle class and several other tailwinds are expected to bolster the already rapid growth of online tourism in India.

  • Connected Cars - A Rising Trend In The Global Automobile Sector

    Cars with access to the Internet, also known as connected cars, are gaining popularity in the automobile industry.

  • Gold - Will it Shine In the Near Term?

    Gold prices slumped below USD1,100/ounce owing to a strong US dollar and a slew of other global happenings.

  • Photovoltaic Industry  Witnessing a Paradigm Shift

    The global photovoltaic (PV) industry has evolved substantially during the last decade.

  • 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.

  • Indian IPOs: The Quality vs. Quantity Conundrum

    A phenomenal rise in the variety of IPOs this year heralds India's headway in becoming a more sophisticated market

  • 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

  • Value Stocks - At the Cusp of Re-rating

    In December 2015, the US Federal Reserve decided to normalize interest rates, with an increase in the federal funds rate, for the first time since 2006.

    This reversal in interest rates is compelling investment managers to revisit their strategies.

  • Saudi Arabia – Emergence of an Innovation Kingdom | An Aranca Special Report

    Supported by resilient collaboration between the government, academia, and industry, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has laid the foundation for a knowledge-driven economy.

  • SAUDI ARABIA - A USD1.3 Trillion Economy by 2025

    As the exclusive knowledge partner for The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference 2013.

  • The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

    A healthcare application of IoT technologies, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) represents a new era of personalized healthcare and better living standards the world over.

    IoMT will enable machine to machine interaction, data-driven treatment, devices tailored to individual requirements, as well as intervention solutions that could enable real-time response from remote locations, allowing healthcare providers to save lives now more than ever before.

  • 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. 

  • High Yield Bonds - The Rise of the Fallen

    The global high yield bond markets have witnessed sentiment to risk-off mode.

  • Therapeutic Vaccines for Alzheimer’s — Are We Close Enough?

    Alzheimer's Disease (AD), one of the most common causes of dementia, accounts for nearly 70% of documented cases of Dementia across the world.

    The pharmaceutical industry is exploring all available options to develop a successful therapy, and the global market for Alzheimer’s treatment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.5%, from $4.9 billion in 2013 to $13.3 billion by 2023.

    This report covers current research into therapeutic vaccines for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), with topics that include market drivers, challenges associated with developing safe next-gen therapeutics, vaccines and therapies currently under development, as well as the technology and commercial ecosystem for AD therapy.

  • 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.

  • Cardiac Nuclear Imaging and Radiotracers

    Recent novel radiopharmaceuticals agents developed to target specific subcellular process are capable of significantly improving diagnostic accuracy and prognostic evaluation.

    The global nuclear medicine diagnostic (PET and SPECT) market is slated to cross $ 16 billion by 2019, primarily driven by more accurate diagnostic utilities in identifying the functional and perfusion status of targeted tissues.

  • RBI's Surprise Rate Cuts: Beating The Rush?

    You found the two rate cuts in 2015 surprising? You are in for more!

  • 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. 

  • Gene Therapy - Advanced Treatments for a New Era

    Gene therapy involves inserting/deleting/correcting genetic material into human cells to fight or prevent diseases. It is a promising tool not only for cancer but for several other diseases, such as Parkinson's, HIV, severe combined immuno-deficiencies and hemophilia, to name a few.

  • How to Get the Most Out of IP Financing

    While the use of intellectual property as collateral to obtain finance is an increasingly common phenomenon, intangible assets — primarily patents — were used as security in just about 4% of all business loan transactions (secured by collateral) in 2015.

    In this article, we analyze what has kept IP-based financing from taking off, and more importantly, what can be done to overcome it.

  • Intellectual Property Global Masters 2009

    Innovation and intellectual property (IP) have emerged as the key for the development of competitive advantage.

  • Weight Reduction Technologies in the Automotive Industry

    Increasing pollution from the transportation sector has led to strict regulations on major automobile manufacturers to curb the harmful emissions.

  • India Budget 2013-14 Analysis

    Given the limited resources at his disposal, expectations from the finance minister were low.

  • 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.

  • India Budget 2014-15 Analysis

    When the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley assumed office earlier this year, he had his task cut out for him.

  • Fintech Decoded

    Over the last few years, Fintech has emerged as the hotbed of deal activity in the technology domain across universes (VC, PE and M&A) as entrepreneurs devise new age solutions to tackle long-standing problems unrealized/neglected by the legacy systems of financial institutions. In simple terms, the Fintech market leverages technology to improve current processes associated with banking, payments, lending, fundraising, financial markets and other such financial services/products.

  • Pharma Patent Monetization: New Approaches, New Synergies

    Patents are the undisputable kingmakers in the life sciences industry.

  • 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.

  • CO2 As A Future Refrigerant

    After refrigeration technology became wide-spread, CFC’s saw extensive use owing to its ease of use and efficiency.

    During the 1970’s however, the world got a chilling shock. We discovered that this refrigerant's presence in our atmosphere would damage the planet's ozone layer for years to come. When that came to light, the world united in its hunt for a better alternative.

  • 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.