Emerging Markets Report: Fabulous Fintech

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amid the dreary headlines of the Pandemic That Shall Not be Named there have been bright shining lights. Among them has been the advent of Fintech.

For us, it seemed the fear of the virus drove many to use fintech in a world where touching less meant healthier. It was, is, tantamount to not smoking or drinking and driving insofar as avoiding unnecessary health risks.

And it’s here to stay. Businesses and consumers, the risk of infection notwithstanding, want accountability and data. Electronic payments do that too.

Just consider your spending habits over the past six months. Got a lot of change in your pocket? Been giving and getting cash at the grocery store?

Me neither.

So, it’s with piqued interest when we’re introduced to and engage with a fintech company looking to provide a unique offering in what we believe is

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2020 Assessment on How Open Communication Standards in BAS Paves Ways to Digitalization and Emerging Technologies

The “Advancements in Communication Protocols Transforming Building Automation Systems” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Open communication standards play a significant role in building automation systems (BASs) as it can provide better interoperability and connectivity among devices that are connected, compared to proprietary protocols. These open standards have also made the integration of third-party devices to the BAS network smoother. With an increase in the number of IoT devices, non-traditional building automation communication protocols, such as MQTT, AMQP, LoRaWan, and so on have started emerging in the building automation space. Leading players in the industry are now working toward developing IP-based communication standards that can work alongside the existing communication standards.

Emerging wireless technologies, such as 5G and Wi-Fi-6 are likely to have a greater impact on the connectivity of building technologies and likely to accelerate the growth of IoT devices and applications in the building automation space. Additionally,

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Digital demand stokes big returns in emerging markets

At this time of peak uncertainty, pairing a global pandemic with a wildly unpredictable U.S. presidential election, one might assume a reduced appetite for investments in the far reaches of emerging markets.

But as most financial advisers will attest and many will swear by, investing is about diversification, and real diversification requires a certain level of risk and adventure.

Consider the knock-out performance of the $1.1 billion EMQQ Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ), which is up 54% from the start of the year on the heels of a 34% gain last year. For context, consider the benchmark-tracking iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which is up 2.5% this year after gaining 18.2% last year.

The extreme disparity — and EMQQ is not the only example — is a reminder of where things are in the emerging markets these days and why financial advisers should tread gingerly into the

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Accel-KKR Announces Close of $640 Million Emerging Buyout Partners LP Fund Focused on Small-Cap Software Companies

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm, today announced the successful closing of Accel-KKR Emerging Buyout Partners LP with $640 million in committed capital. The oversubscribed fund, which closed at its hard cap, will continue Accel-KKR’s long-standing strategy of investing in software and tech-enabled services companies, with a special focus on small-cap companies. The closing of this new fund brings Accel-KKR’s total assets under management to over $10 billion.

Commenting on the fund closing, Tom Barnds, Managing Partner of Accel-KKR, said, “We are excited to welcome a number of new investors to Accel-KKR through this new fund, as well as extend and expand our relationship with many of our long-standing limited partners. We are proud to have such a great group of mission-driven LPs representing leading academic institutions, medical research foundations, health care institutions, and corporate and government pensions.”

Commenting

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Syneos Health to Acquire Synteract, a Top CRO Provider to Emerging Biopharma

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Syneos Health® (Nasdaq:SYNH), the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization combining a CRO (Contract Research Organization) and a CCO (Contract Commercial Organization), today announced an agreement to acquire Synteract, a full-service CRO focused on the rapidly growing emerging biopharma segment.

Synteract has built a leading reputation among emerging biopharma, providing deep therapeutic expertise in oncology, rare and orphan diseases, neuroscience, dermatology, and pediatrics. Synteract’s client base comprises primarily pre-revenue companies, a segment in which Syneos Health has growth opportunities. Synteract’s 700 employees across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa have supported more than 4,000 Phase I-IV clinical trials across 26,000 sites in more than 60 countries.

The acquisition will enhance Syneos Health’s leading position in the marketplace, particularly for serving customers across the small to mid-sized (SMID) category – further diversifying the Company’s customer base and expanding support to the high-growth

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US, China battle over emerging technologies

Relations between the US and China have worsened in recent years, with the Trump administration taking an increasingly antagonistic stance toward Beijing.

One issue that looms particularly large over the two countries is information technology, which both sides see as crucial to exerting and extending geopolitical influence. And it seems unlikely this situation will change any time soon, regardless of who comes out on top in next week’s presidential election.

The US government has recently been tightening controls on emergent high-tech industries. This includes 5G, the next-generation standard for cellular networks that allows for the exchange of massive amounts of data at unprecedented speeds.

Washington has banned American firms from selling electronic parts without its approval to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which supplies about a third of all 5G equipment, giving it the world’s largest market share. This May, US officials tightened restrictive measures on Huawei, banning the sale of

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Emerging technologies that will advance the retail industry

As COVID-19 continues to affect economies and industries, one industry that has experienced significant disruption is the retail sector. Shopping behaviors have certainly shifted drastically in two directions – towards massive online stores and a reinforced meaning behind purchasing items locally.

In response to this changing landscape, retailers have brought forward technology investments to accelerate their digital business transformation, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with retailers often utilizing AI-enabled third-party vendor applications to solve immediate challenges before moving to more strategic deployments once they gain evidence of the benefits. These steps offer a significant opportunity for retail solution vendors with AI-based application suites.

We explore five emerging AI technologies – edge AI, smart robots, machine learning (ML), cloud AI developer services, and AI business and technology services – their adoption and potential impact in retail today, and the opportunity this presents to retail solution providers.

Edge AI in retail

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Facing pandemics and emerging threats, ATMP industry arrives at intersection of obstacle and opportunity

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — From the global COVID-19 pandemic to rare and challenging health threats, our world seems forever on the defense against disease and in need of a nimble and efficient vaccine and therapy supply chain. But a new report from CRB, a leading global provider of biopharma manufacturing solutions, spotlights the critical conflicts threatening the speedy delivery of patient therapies. From operational uncertainty and age-old budget constraints to outdated manual processes, CRB’s new Horizons: Cell and Gene Therapy report finds the biopharma industry at an important intersection of obstacle and opportunity.

Available today as a free download, CRB’s Horizons report is built on the survey responses of nearly 150 industry leaders weighing in key issues facing their organizations, such as the need for multimodal manufacturing, facility optimization, project delivery and regulatory questions. The result is a data-driven snapshot of an industry whose intellectual

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2020 Emerging Digital Health Technology Innovations Transforming Mental Health Care in North America

The “Emerging Digital Health Technology Innovations Transforming Mental Health Care in North America, 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This research highlights the technology innovations in the digital mental healthcare industry. The research service discusses the industry trends, impact of these innovations, and the growth opportunities.

Mental health illness is one of the most common disorders globally. The poor accessibility and high cost of the conventional face-to-face mental health therapy has created a huge treatment gap, and digital technologies help bridge this gap.

Digital technologies play an important role in supporting and treating mental health conditions. Digital platforms in the form of online platforms and mobile app solution for mental health care decentralizes and democratizes mental care services.

Topics covered include the following:

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

1.1 Scope of Research

1.2 Research Methodology

1.3 Executive Summary

2. Technology Snapshot

2.1 High and Growing Burden of

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Emerging Tech And Value Don’t Have To Be Enemies

Tech has been a terrific place to be for a while now, and still is. Traditionally, though, this area has been off-putting to those concerned about value, whether in the traditional academic sense that requires low ratios, or in the theoretically sound sense that requires investors to face the challenges of making necessary assumptions about future growth. This disconnect need not exist, however. Value investors can filter for emerging growth opportunities and look for appealing valuations within that particular subset of the market.

Value Without Growth Is Not Really Value

There are many out there who see value and growth as being opposed styles, and in some cases, downright antagonistic. That’s wrong.

The correct valuation for a stock is not an arbitrarily chosen low number, or even a low rank relative to other valuations in the market.

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