Blogs

Analysing the price behaviour of the volatile cryptocurrency market

A brief introduction on the types of cryptocurrencies Reasons for the spike in 2017 and the slump in 2018 Is cryptocurrency a bubble?   On November 15, 2018, the market capitalisation for cryptocurrencies stood at $184.51 billion, which was 351% lower than its peak on January 7, 2018 ($831.39 billion). 2017 was the year of boom for cryptocurrencies, with a mammoth...

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, which is no lesser than a battlefield for the attainment of power. This political flux is the culmination of a power struggle between the country’s ruling coalition, which is currently headed by the...

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?   Radio broadcasting companies operate radio broadcast studios and engage in the broadcasting of music, news, talk shows and other radio programs. These companies are divided into two basic groups; one...

Carbon black industry, strong potential for supernormal profitability?

What is carbon black? Its uses Impact of the environmental curbs in China   What is carbon black? Carbon black is a fine carbon powder and it is a disorderly form of graphitic carbon, which is produced by an incomplete or partial combustion of heavy petroleum or hydrocarbon products under a highly controlled condition. The products like FCC (fluid catalytic...

Indian aviation sector woes, Jet Airways facing the brunt

Indian aviation sector, the fastest growing in the world Indian market is unique and is a buyer’s market Jet Airways facing the liquidity crunch and is on the block   India is currently the seventh largest and the fastest growing civil aviation market globally, it has witnessed a healthy passenger traffic growth of 13.4% CAGR (2012-13 to 2017-18) and is poised to...

China’s new way of retail ‘new retail’

Strong growth in China’s retail industry and market outlook What is the ‘new retail’? Investment in the Chinese retail industry   With the advent of online retailing, biggies such as Amazon are disrupting the retail space. Past two years have been tough for the typical brick-and-mortar stores all around the world, which have witnessed many of these giants fall...

JP Morgan leads the digital banking revolution with its multi-billion-dollar investment. What other banks can learn?

Overview of the digital transformation in the banking sector Digital strategies initiated by JPMorgan and their outcome   The global banking industry is undergoing a transformational change in its business model due to the challenges posed by a growing prominence and invasion of innovative fintech companies in the financial space. Digital transformation is the rallying...

OYO Rooms, an Indian start-up to enter Japan

Growth story of OYO Rooms in India Business model of OYO Rooms Analysis of strategy to enter Japan   OYO Rooms, the Indian start-up has decided to venture in Japan after its successful expansion in India. The company has also entered China, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. OYO Rooms is an online application for booking rooms in hotels through the website and...

REITs rise in Asia

What is REIT? The growth of REIT in Asia from 2001 to 2017 Factors for the growth    REIT is a real estate investment trust which owns revenue-generating real estate properties. These properties may be operated by the trust itself or leased to tenants, hence generating revenue from operations or rental revenue from tenants. REITs generally invest in different...

Network densification and data speed in India, are HetNet and small cells a solution?

Worldwide data speed, where does India stand? Reasons for slow internet speed and status of the Indian telecom tower infrastructure How small cells fulfil data speed requirement and solve densification problem   Digitisation and 5G are now talk of the town and hold utmost importance on every government’s agenda for the growth of digital infrastructure and...

Flying vehicles, could it be a reality?

Flying vehicles and potential advantages Companies involved in the manufacturing of flying vehicles Challenges faced by developers in the development and adoption of flying vehicles The combined worldwide productive man-hours are lost due to seemingly increasing road congestion, which are coupled with pollution. This has made governments and enterprises to seek...

IBC is the need of the hour for the Indian NPAs mess?

The state of NPAs in India Introduction of IBC and other measures taken in the country What happened till date?   Non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans arises when banks make a poor lending decision or wherein loans were given after due consideration, though macroeconomic conditions, sector-wise changes or company-wise issues develop at a later stage and lead...

E-wallets dominate China, an analysis of the trend

E-Wallets: meaning and classification Widespread acceptance of e-wallets in China Comparison of PayPal, WeChat and Alipay on the operational parameters   E-wallets are known as digital wallets and are online analogues of physical wallets. One can use these to digitally store credit/debit card details in order to make payments as well as to store tickets, travel...

Vanilla, not ubiquitous but precious

Vanilla, an agricultural commodity and its market Reasons attributable to a dire shortfall, specifically Madagascar; one of the world’s poorest countries Measures to stabilise the vanilla market   Vanilla is what gives a zing to several food items (cakes, cookies, coffees) often consumed by people and provide fragrance to perfumes among others. The crop garners a...

Coca-Cola remains a popular brand despite changing consumer preferences

Rising health concerns have triggered the global sugar war How is Coca-Cola surviving in the war? What makes Coca-Cola a popular company among consumers as well as in the equity market?   The FMCG sector, particularly in the United States and other developed countries is facing the challenge of changing and evolving consumer preferences. This is primarily driven...

Housing finance market in India. Is affordable housing driving the growth?

Overview of the housing finance sector in India Key players dominating the segment and their dynamics Factors driving aggressive demand for housing   The housing finance market in India is served by both Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) as well as Non-Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs) such as Housing Finance Corporations (HFCs), these have different dynamics...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate industry in the United States is in danger owing to the growth of online shopping. In the last few decades, the idea of malls, which has its seeds in the US and became a trend of modern retail has...

Social media influencers changing the traditional marketing dynamics and why brands should take a note?

Growing prominence of social media marketing A look into a few successful social media influencers ad campaigns Why should brands adopt influencer marketing   Not long before the popularity of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, scheduled television was virtually the only mass media that consumers had access to and it was the...

Education industry in India, an overview

Growth of private universities in the nation Future potential of the education industry in India   The education sector in India is estimated to be worth USD 91.7 billion and is expected to witness a major growth in the coming years. The industry in India can be broadly classified into two categories; the formal education industry comprising schools, colleges and...

Automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system, key trends and analysis

Types of pharmacy automation systems Pros and cons of using automated pharmacy prescription dispensing systems Key factors driving the growth in the automated pharmacy prescription dispensing system market   The technological advancement and increasing use of robotics and artificial intelligence to perform various manual/repetitive tasks across industries have led...

Slack set out to kill E-mail

Started as a side project for internal use in a gaming company High revenue growth with recurring revenues Went Public by offering shares through the Direct Public Offering ...

Will the Big Bang merger drive, of Indian Public Sector banks, provide the required impetus to the slowing economy?

India’s Government announces plans to merge 10 of the country’s public sector banks Probable impact of the mergers   India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Carbon black industry, strong potential for supernormal profitability?

What is carbon black? Its uses Impact of the environmental curbs in China   What is carbon black? Carbon black is a fine carbon powder and it is a disorderly...

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?   ...

Housing finance market in India. Is affordable housing driving the growth?

Overview of the housing finance sector in India Key players dominating the segment and their dynamics Factors driving aggressive demand for housing   The housing...

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...

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...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 1)

What is blockchain? How is blockchain revolutionary? Cryptocurrency, the new money ICOs, the new way of raising money Summary Blockchain is a software architecture...

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...

Malaysian rubber glove industry, an update

Rising global demand for gloves Impact of USP 800’s implementation and the US-China trade war on Malaysia’s rubber gloves industry Key challenges for the Malaysian rubber...

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...

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...

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...

Education industry in India, an overview

Growth of private universities in the nation Future potential of the education industry in India   The education sector in India is estimated to be worth USD 91.7 billion...