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All about fintech

Exploring fintech landscape and business models The growth of fintech   Despite a vogue in and around media and technology circle, the buzzword ‘fintech’ is still misapprehended by many, including tech-savvy professionals. Fintech is basically a blend of two words ‘financial’ and ‘technology’ that applies to an innovative and emerging technology in financial...

Is graphite electrode on the verge of a structural change?

Shut down of steel and graphite electrode capacity in China and its effects Reasons behind skyrocketing graphite electrode prices in 2017 Will the industry expand in the next couple of years?   Graphite electrode (GE), which is primarily used in the steel production via Electronic Arc Furnace (EAF) saw a huge surge in its prices in the past 6-8 months. This was...

Housing finance in India

The growth and scope Stability of housing loan market   Housing is a crucial sector for the global economic growth due to its multiplier effect for driving the demand, especially for several ancillary sectors. The growth of the sector is dependent on numerous factors, the key being housing finance. This play a significant role as it helps bridge the gap between the...

Global natural rubber market in the near-term

What led to a decline in the prices of natural rubber? Crude oil and substitution of natural rubber with synthetic rubber Did flood in southern Thailand affect the prices? How crucial will be the role of economic recovery and growth in automobiles?   The global rubber industry has been under doldrums over the past few years with the demand-supply scenario...

US Property and Casualty insurers face pressure on margins and revenues

An overview on the industry Increasing loss ratio and declining insurance margin New lines of insurance and flexible coverage terms   The US Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance industry has been witnessing a decline in the YoY revenue growth from 2013. The industry registered a YoY revenue growth of 2.7% (2016) as compared to 4% (2015). This decline in the...

Internet of Things (IoT), the driver for change?

IoT, an explanation The impact of IoT on the world Sectors that will benefit from the IoT growth   Introduction Ever since the evolution of the internet, the world has been shifting towards the digital and IoT promises to turn everything around to a lot more digitally savvy in the next decade. IoT has the potential to generate large-scale efficiencies within...

Fuel cell industry, performance amidst increasing demand from automobile

Overview on the industry Increase in demand for fuel cell powered vehicles Fuelling infrastructure will play a crucial role in deciding the future of the industry   Fuel cells are alternative energy solutions, which convert chemical into electrical energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen. The fuel cell industry witnessed a significant transformation in the past...

Toys“R”Us, re-birth or last breath?

Is leveraged buyout dangerous for businesses? Can online players capture the toy industry? An outlook on current operations of Toys“R”Us   Toy business has a vast scope and requires a lot of innovation. One of the key names in the toy industry is of Toys"R”Us. This is a US-based company, which was incorporated as a baby furniture store in 1948 and diversified into...

Solar, a prominent part of renewable

Global consumption of electricity continues to rise backed by enhanced economic growth Increasing focus on renewable power generating sources with solar among the top Lower input costs, technological advancements and government policies driving solar power capacity   The power sector has been a major pillar of the world economy along with other segments. The...

Baltic Dry Index, will the recent rise continue?

Trend and movement in Baltic Dry Index Will Chinese demand play a crucial role in the Index? Is dismantling of ships and low order book leading to limiting of supply?   The world economy has seen several ups and downs during the past decade. While the broader economy continues to mend and is backed by a healthy improvement in the major macro and microeconomic...

Global biometrics market, will mobile define the future course?

Prominence of mobile biometrics in the biometrics market Fingerprint, the most significant biometric system in the contemporary world Future of biometrics, iris, face recognition, etc.   In this age of rapid transformation, where information technology has spread its wings through several facets of our lives be it personal, professional or social. The security...

Chinese department store chains, challenges and the future

Performance of department stores in China Preference of the Chinese consumers Steps taken to enhance customer experience   A department store is a one-stop shop for buying different categories of items ranging from appliances and furniture to apparels and cosmetics. Moreover, with an increase in consumerism department store trend also saw an uplift, especially in...

Flourishing private tuition centres, necessity or desire?

The size of the private tuition centre industry The factors for increased demand for private tuition centers How is growing population of attending schools and colleges and increased expenditure on education is supporting the industry?   Tuition centres or cram or preparatory schools have become an integral and ineradicable part of the education system in the...

Online gambling industry, are smartphones changing the dynamics?

How big is the online gambling industry? Which is the major market geographically? How increasing internet penetration and mobile users are contributing to the growth?    Historically, gambling has been a means of entertainment, wherein people gambled at casinos, poker rooms, game parlours, bookmakers and in the contemporary world gambling has moved online. ...

Added benefits of convenience stores in fuel stations

Different types of fuel stations with attached convenience store format Success factors for the business model What is more profitable? Fuel station or convenience store?    Convenience stores usually have an area of 2,000 to 4,000 square feet. A fuel station normally has an ample space and can accommodate a convenience store, ATM, fast food takeaway or a...

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide variety of products online. The firm is a market leader in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. It is a dominant player in the West, but has struggled in the Chinese market since the...

Norway races towards electric vehicles leaving behind gasoline cars

Current state of EV industry in Norway Factors that contributed to the growth of EV industry Future of EV growth in Norway, especially after 2020   Norway, as a nation, generated wealth through the use of fossil fuels, but lately, the country became a world leader in EVs (Electric Vehicles). While Norway generates ~12% of its GDP from the petroleum sector (one...

Inorganic growth in the gold mining industry, led by biggies and followed by small players

What triggered volatility in the M&A activity in the gold mining industry over the past few years? Why were all mega deals concentrated in the gold price bull run? What attracted small gold companies for M&A post-2012?   The growth in the form of organic or inorganic is the primary reason that keeps stakeholders interested, attracted and glued to a company. ...

Battle for the textile and apparel industry in Southeast Asia

The reasons for China’s decreasing presence in the industry Initiatives by the governments in Southeast Asia to boost the textile trade Vietnam and Bangladesh’s quest to conquer apparel industry and surpass India   Textile manufacturing is characterised as a high labour-intensive industry and the enterprise has been steering the economic growth in Southeast Asia....

eBay and PayPal spin-off, an analysis

Why eBay and PayPal merged? The tale of separation How successful was the spin-off?   PayPal is an American organisation. The company was founded in 1998 as ‘Confinity’, originally it was a software security firm that provided services to the handheld devices. In 1999, PayPal was launched as a money transfer service and Confinity was merged with X.com and all...

Baidu’s Apollo, the underdog of autonomous driving platform

Overview of the autonomous vehicle sector in the global automobile industry Search giant Baidu’s entry into the autonomous driving space Baidu’s approach in becoming a front-runner...

An analysis of Malaysian rubber glove industry

How big is the international rubber gloves market? Reasons behind the healthy and steady growth Malaysia’s role in the industry Why are companies struggling for stable...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature...

Can lithium-ion anode demand for needle coke reduce availability for electrode players?

What is needle coke? Uses of needle coke Lithium-ion battery manufacturers demand needle coke   Needle coke? Needle coke is a specialised form of petroleum coke...

Failure of Amazon in China, an analysis

E-commerce market in China Online consumer product retailers in China Performance of Amazon in China   Amazon is a global e-commerce player selling a wide...

US commercial space launch industry at a tipping point with the rising of small rocket players

The commercial space launch industry witnessing a transition towards Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite launches Emergence of numerous small rocket start-ups Increased consumer...

Sri Lankan economic and political crisis

Sri Lanka’s latest political crisis, who governs the nation? Poor economic indicators adding to the nation’s woes   Sri Lanka is currently embroiled in a political crisis,...

Rice industry outlook 2018

Major rice producers and consumers Global rice trade Factors dominating the trade   Rice is the 3 rd largest produced agricultural commodity in the world, after...

Used car market in India, online start-ups organising the sector

Per capita car ownership is low as compared to other developed nations and the global average Used cars were not a preferred means of ownership due to lack of trust among buyers and...

Unnoticed growth of the media and entertainment industry in India

Overall industry brief Growth of the M&E industry and its segments Major supporting elements of this growth   Media and Entertainment (M&E) is a very wide industry...

Is the radio broadcasting industry in the U.S. dying? An analysis

Radio, the most powerful medium of reach in the U.S. Why the industry is moving at a slow pace? Radio’s health is still sound, will it continue in the long-term?   ...

Impact of the legalisation of cannabis on the consumer goods sector in the US

Cannabis is perceived to be the healthiest intoxicating compound in the world Consumer preference is shifting from smoking to drinking/eating cannabis Cannabis or marijuana as it...

Can PepsiCo turnaround the performance of its North American beverage segment?

What led to the consistent decline of PepsiCo’s trademark drinks in the last few years? Can the recent improvement in top-line numbers for PepsiCo’s beverage segment be maintained in...

Rapidly growing Indian online food delivery industry and its unrealised profits

Evolution of online food delivery industry in India Geographical penetration and scope for expansion Key players and their zeal to balance revenue and costs   Online...

SAP’s acquisition of Qualtrics, a costly affair or a strategic move?

History and evolution of SAP and ERP. Will experience measurement add value to SAP ERP?   On November 12, 2018 ERP software giant SAP announced an $8 billion acquisition...

US government pulls out of the global postal policy

What is the UPU ( Universal Postal Union )? Why did the US pull out of the UPU? Impact on the Chinese retailers, currently the major beneficiary of the UPU   ...

Rise of Ant Financial, will the success story continue?

What is Ant Financial? Journey to become king of unicorn Will regulatory curbs hinder its success journey?    Ant Financial, an affiliate and integral part...

Disruption in the candy market

Global confectionery market Changes in the market dynamics of the candy industry The future of candies   ‘Candy’ is an all-time favourite among most throughout the...

Battle for the textile and apparel industry in Southeast Asia

The reasons for China’s decreasing presence in the industry Initiatives by the governments in Southeast Asia to boost the textile trade Vietnam and Bangladesh’s quest to conquer...

Indian wood panel industry, growth drivers and present trends

Current market scenario in the Indian plywood industry Growth in the housing sector and rapid urbanisation to provide the boost GST rationalization to reduce price difference...