Wink Hartman: Kansas should invest in information technology – Opinion – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Government has many functions, agencies and departments with the main goal of delivering service to the people of Kansas.

To best deliver these services and work for the people of our state, Kansas’ government must adopt and use business philosophies of putting the residents first. Government is above all a service business and needs to make efficient and quality service a top priority.

This year we’ve seen issues with government service delivery. The unprecedented number of unemployment claims filed with the Department of Labor due to COVID-19 has shown this. The heavy influx of claims could easily catch anyone off guard, but the response to addressing this influx was not quick enough. Plus, long-standing issues in state government contributed to the issue.

Information technology may not be the most exciting subject and mainframes — hardware and software for government administration will never light a fire under anyone — but it

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The Only Way to Invest In the Next Transformational Technology

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Here’s a little investing brain teaser to shake you out of your tryptophan coma this holiday weekend.

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What do these four companies have in common … besides absolutely massive gains?

  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • Oracle (NYSE:ORCL)
  • Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM)
  • Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE)

They’re all well-known tech giants worth a ton of money, from Oracle’s $173 billion valuation to Microsoft’s $1.6 trillion.

But there’s another more important answer that’s key to understanding a new opportunity that could match or even exceed those gains …

The most important thing those four companies have in common is that they are software companies.

If you know anything about software, you know it’s one of the greatest wealth generators of the past 50 years.

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Guggenheim says it could invest up to $530 million in a bitcoin trust as the cryptocurrency flirts with new record highs | Currency News | Financial and Business News


  • Guggenheim Partners revealed in a Friday regulatory filing that its Macro Opportunities Fund holds the right to invest up to 10% of its net asset value in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.
  • The trust solely invests in bitcoin, and a 10% bet from Guggenheim’s fund equates to roughly $530 million.
  • The filing comes as bitcoin climbs back above $19,000 after tumbling through the Thanksgiving holiday. Though the token has more than doubled through the year, it still trades below its 2017 record of $19,783.06.
  • Watch bitcoin trade live here.

Guggenheim Partners is the latest Wall Street firm to show interest in bitcoin, and a Friday regulatory filing signals the firm could make a massive investment in the soaring cryptocurrency.

Guggenheim revealed its Macro Opportunities Fund holds the right to invest up to 10% of its net asset value in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission

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Paytm Money To Help Retail Investors Invest In IPO From Now

Paytm Money is targeting 8-10 per cent of applications market share in the first year of launch

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Homegrown digital transaction provider Paytm on Monday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Paytm Money now facilitates investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) in the country. The Vijay Shekhar Sharma-led company claims that this additional feature will benefit retail investors with wealth creation opportunities as they will seamlessly be able to seamlessly transact. The platform within the first year of launch is targeting 8 -10 per cent of applications market share.

The complete process of IPO application has been made online thus allowing retail investors to apply for IPO from the length and breadth of this vast country. The retail investors with the help

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South Korea vows to invest $1B for artificial intelligence

Nov. 25 (UPI) — South Korea pledged to invest about $1 billion for artificial intelligence in semiconductor manufacturing to build on the nation’s success developing computer chips to power economic growth.

President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday at a meeting of South Korea’s top tech executives in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, that his administration is prepared to improve regulations on artificial intelligence and provide a road map for innovation, EDaily and News 1 reported.

“Countries around the world are competing to dominate in artificial intelligence,” Moon said. “South Korea’s dream is to become a leader [in the sector] in the post-pandemic era.”

Moon also said Korea has applied AI for public use, and that Seoul will work to open an “AI era” that would allow South Koreans to enjoy the benefits of innovation in their daily lives.

South Korean business executives said at the event they have been working with the government.

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[Funding Alert] Waste Recycling Company Thermowaste Solutions Plans To Invest $1 Mn For Expansion

Under their Swachh Bharat initiative, the platform aims to work closely with different stakeholders to ensure that plastic waste is handled and recycled properly

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Thermowaste Solutions announced to invest $1 million over the next two years to expand in more cities such as Jamshedpur, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad to grow its recycling capacity.

The company at the forefront of sustainable waste management has expanded to seven major cities in the last six months such as Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Jaipur, Muradabad, and Gurgaon.

“Recycling is more than just a response to the environmental crisis and has assumed a symbolic role in beginning to change

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Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo to invest $350 million in insurance startup Hippo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Japan’s MS&AD Insurance Group, will invest $350 million in U.S. home insurance technology company Hippo Enterprises to fund its next stage of growth, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Mitsui bought a convertible note in Hippo that will turn into an equity stake the next time it raises new funds, Hippo Chief Executive Officer Assaf Wand told Reuters in an interview.

MS&AD’s venture arm was part of Hippo’s Series E funding round that was announced in July, and the new investment – which is accompanied by a plan to sign a reinsurance agreement with Mitsui Sumitomo – builds on that partnership.

Hippo was valued at $1.5 billion in July, although Wand noted this figure was now outdated because of market developments and the growth of the business. He declined to disclose an updated valuation.

“We have

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Invest in These 3 Technology Funds for Splendid Returns

Risk lovers seeking healthy returns over a fairly long investment horizon may opt for technology mutual funds. It is believed that the technology sector is poised for a brighter earnings performance than others owing to greater demand for technology and innovation. Improving industry fundamentals and emerging technologies — such as wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices and AI — are the key catalysts for the sector.

Meanwhile, most mutual funds investing in securities from these sectors prefer a growth-oriented approach that includes focusing on companies with strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment prospect. Moreover, technology now has a broader coverage than just hardware and software companies. Social media and Internet companies are also part of the technology landscape today.

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the

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Key Internet-Led Trends Booming in Emerging Markets and How To Invest In Them

The main engines of world growth have shifted towards major emerging markets, with China and India making the largest contributions to global growth*. Emerging markets are poised to benefit from an expanding middle class, rising consumption, internet penetration, digitalization of payments, and widespread adoption of smartphones. These trends are igniting the growth of certain services and industries.

Here’s a look at some of these trends and some exchange-traded funds which offer an opportunity to benefit from the Internet-led boom in emerging markets.

For centuries, the majority of the world population, especially in emerging and developing economies, did not enjoy sufficient income to spend on anything beyond basic daily needs. This has changed; over the past two decades, emerging markets have gradually integrated with the rest of the world economy through the removal of trade barriers and the spread of market-oriented economic policies. This paved the way for urbanization, which

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Why now is the time for businesses to invest in information technology

GUEST OPINION by Steve Singer, ANZ Country Manager, Talend: Amid the confusion and uncertainty that has marked the COVID-19 crisis, many organisations have been hesitant to invest in new IT infrastructure. Preferring to wait until conditions become clearer, they are opting to stick with what they already have in place.

While such an attitude is perfectly understandable, it’s unfortunately misguided. There has never been a better time to invest in technology and use it to drive business performance and growth.

The need for IT investment is also rising because firms are having to do more with less. Many have had to reduce headcounts and shift some staff to part-time positions to help keep a lid on operational costs. This means remaining teams need to boost their productivity to maintain expected levels of customer service.

Thankfully, the message appears to be finally getting through to senior management within Australian businesses.

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