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  • 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.

  • Brexit: An ear to the ground

    The Brexit endgame has begun with Boris Johnson becoming the Prime Minister. Known as a ‘Brexiter’, he has appointed only those party members in his Cabinet who support a ‘hard’ or ‘no-deal’ Brexit. We recently met several investment management firms, research houses and banks in the UK (before Mr. Johnson’s election as Leader of the Conservative Party) and gathered interesting insights and views on Brexit. Going by most of our conversations with these senior stakeholders, who will be impacted by Brexit, two scenarios are likely: hard Brexit (or no-deal Brexit) and soft Brexit (agreement between the UK and the EU). Whatever it is, the outcome will be there for all to see by October 31, 2019. Amid the confusion, however, there is hope that Brexit will be orderly and global financial markets will remain intact.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • RegTech: Innovation Meets Compliance

    RegTech, a technological innovation, is gaining traction. Part of the Fintech explosion that has taken over the world, RegTech refers to digitization of the compliance and regulatory framework for quicker and more efficient services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?”

  • 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.

  • 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.


Blogs

20 blog posts found for uk:

  • Should the UK Leave the European Union?

    To be or not to be – that is the question.

    The United Kingdom will take a long overdue call on the 23rd of June 2016; a decision that could adversely affect its financial future.

    While there are several social, political, and economic undertones that will determine the ultimate consensus, the bottom line is that a Brexit could affect big business.

  • Wondering What UK Sector is Your Safest Bet in 2016?

    With global equity markets still adjusting to 2015’s turbulence, sectors such as housing as well as travel and tourism look like they’ll weather the storm to come out on top in the long run.

  • China Carrying More Than the UK Economy in its Books - But is it Enough?

  • The Brexit Won’t Really Affect Britain’s Trade

    While the markets are rife with speculation about an exit’s aftermath for both the UK and the EU, Britain’s trade turnovers ought to bounce back with gusto after an initial lull.

  • Will the RBI Keep Interest Rates Steady?

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan presented its second bi-monthly policy review on the 7th of June, 2016.

    As market experts and analysts expected, the central bank maintained its benchmark repo rate at 6.5%, amid inflationary pressure.

    Other key policy rates such as cash reserve ratio and statutory liquidity reserve have also remained unchanged.

    Nonetheless, the RBI remained accommodative in its monetary policy, and will continue to monitor macroeconomic and financial developments in order to identify further scope for policy action - if any.

  • India’s Largest Online Travel Agent Just Bought Out its Biggest Competitor

    Other mergers could follow suit to counter the new behemoth.

  • The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its Effects

    With around 17 projects worth US$ 16 billion either completed or nearing completion, the region is expecting favorable climes for economic and business interests as investors from regions such as China, South Korea, Central Asia, the Middle East, the UK, the US, and the Netherlands take note.

  • What Trump Presidency May Mean For Manufacturing?

    Following a protectionist policy alone will not help the US in the long run as the global shifts in manufacturing will always follow both demand dynamics and cost advantages. Intense lobbying is expected in early 2017 between the Corporate America and the Trump administration, and a compromise solution is the one that is most likely to emerge.

  • What Does Demonetization Mean for the Indian Banking Sector?

    The Indian Government's move to ban the circulation of two of its highest currency denominations is a positive step toward fighting black money and fake currency. It also has the undertones of a transformation, pushing India to embrace the notion of a cashless economy in 2017.

    Of the all sectors that stand to benefit from sweeping change, banking will likely emerge as the biggest beneficiary.

  • The Bayer Monsanto Deal is Set to Transform the Agri-business Industry

    Under pressure to shield its turf from increasing market consolidation, Bayer may have finally found the firm footing it needs.

  • Can China’s Steel Industry Survive Increased Global Protectionism?

    As China’s biggest customers stem the flood of cheaper Chinese steel to safeguard their domestic markets, her overstocked steel industry will have to shape up to compete on a level playing field.

  • Can Banking Shape Up in a Digital World?

    While we’re still trying to figure out the “Internet of Things” and how it could possibly change anything, you’ve probably missed a silent revolution that’s already well underway.

  • How Outsourcing Enables More Efficient Buy-Side Fixed Income Portfolio Management?

    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. Outsourcing steps in to help. Read more on how outsourcing can make what buy-side fixed income firms do far more efficient.

  • China Bans Big Investors From Cutting Stakes For Next 6 Months

  • Subject & Verb — A License to Agree!

    Isn’t it nice when things agree? It always is! English is a happy language, because the subject and verb are always in agreement with each other. Let’s look at some basic rules to see how.

  • The Global Smart Lighting Market is Poised for Growth

    Factors such as government subsidies, growing demand for energy-efficiency, as well as next generation intelligent utility and facilities management solutions will drive the smart lighting market.

  • Could the Nuclear Suppliers Group Supercharge India’s Power Sector?

    India’s vying for a seat at the big table.

    The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is expected to take a call on India’s membership later this month.

    Membership to this selective club entails sanctions to trade in nuclear materials and technologies — some mighty crucial privileges that’d bolster India’s ability to power its future.

    If things go India’s way, this could mean big business for the nation’s energy infra sector.

  • Pharmaceuticals – An Industry at Crossroads

    With patent cliffs, competition from generics to contend with, and mounting pressure from healthcare players, insurance companies and governments to provide vital products at affordable costs — the pharmaceutical industry may be in for some tough times ahead.

  • The Healthcare Industry Could Have a Lot Riding on IoT

    Although just a small sub-set of IoT’s potential applications, its ability to revolutionize the mundane in healthcare and medicine is spurring some interesting developments.

  • Robots in the Global Education Industry

    With talented teachers in short supply and a growing demand for educational institutions that are geared for the future, the global educational robots market is expected to be worth USD 6.05 bn by 2020, boosted by significant VC investments and the expansion of several robotics start-ups in an already competitive space.


Infographics

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Special Reports

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  • 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.

  • 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.