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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Construction Business Confidence Report Q2 2014

Survey results indicate that 22% of respondents have a favorable opinion about the state of the economy.

Timetric’s ConstructionBusiness Confidence Report Q2 2014 globally analyzes industry opinions on the latest economic and customer issues, and their impact on investment decisions and growth prospects within the construction industry. This report also examines executives' opinions with regards to the current and future state of the economy, and its effect on the industry. It analyzes the likely effects of supplier price changes, sales performance, and staff headcounts within the industry, and provides an overview of the key priorities, threats, and opportunities for the global construction industry.

Why purchase this report?
  •   Acquire information on the impact consumer confidence, supplier prices, and staff headcount are likely to have on the investment decisions of industry executives
  • ·The report analyzes current economic conditions prevailing around the world and their impact on the construction industry. 
  •    Identify various approaches to enter these markets, and capitalize on the available opportunities, should you be wishing to diversify your business offerings.

  •      The highest percentage of respondents, both domestic and foreign, from North America communicated a favorable opinion regarding economic conditions in the region. The return of economic growth, reduced unemployment levels, surge in the housing sector, growth in construction-intensive industries such as oil and gas, and manufacturing can be attributed as the key reasons for the trend.
  •      Asia-Pacific was identified as another important region with favorable economic conditions by respondents who operate and do not operate in the region. Consistency in economic performance by the developed and developing countries in the region, a rise in income, and efforts by governments to improve infrastructure can be attributed to the growth of the construction industry in the region.
  •    Supporting the trend, in February 2014, architectural firm Atkins, based in the UK, and China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute together were awarded a contract worth over US$5 billion to provide conceptual planning and terminal design for Qingdao Airport. Atkins said that the new airport is one of the largest to be approved by the Chinese government and will have the capacity to serve 38 million passengers per year in 2025, and 60 million in 2045.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hong Kong's Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape

The debit card category is anticipated to post a forecast-period CAGR of over 1%.

HongKong's Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size,Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights on Hong Kong's cards and payments industry, including current and forecast values for each category of Hong Kong's cards and payments industry, including debit cards, credit cards, charge cards and prepaid card. Also included is a detailed analysis of the marketing strategies adopted for selling debit, credit, charge and prepaid cards used by banks and other institutions in the market.

Why Buy this Report:

  • Make strategic business decisions using top-level historic and forecast market data related to Hong Kong's cards and payments industry and each market within it.
  •  Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities within Hong Kong's cards and payments industry.
  •  Gain insights in to the marketing strategies used for selling various card types in Hong Kong.

In terms of number of cards in circulation, the Hong Kong card payments channel registered positive growth between 2009 and 2013 recording a compound annual growth rate CAGR of over 5% to reach almost 51 million cards by last year. Improved banking infrastructure and the increasing acceptance of card-based payments at point-of-sale (POS) terminals were key growth drivers for the card payments channel.

Due to the convenience of electronic payments, the emergence of contactless payment systems and an increase in security features, Hong Kong’s population have been encouraged to perform more card-based transactions. Despite the financial crisis, Hong Kong recorded a growth in credit card expenditure, supported by the increased acceptance of these cards at POS terminals and associated benefits associated such as reward points, discounts and cashback. All the major global card scheme providers − Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB International (JCB) − have a presence in the country’s credit card category.

As part of offering enhanced security for automatic teller machine (ATM) transactions, in June 2011, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced the implementation of chip-based technology for all ATM services. This process is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. This step was taken to ensure and increase the security during card-based transactions. Read more>>

South Africa 2014 Wealth Book

South Africa 2014 Wealth Book identifies that the number HNWI wealth will reach US$281 billion by 2018. By purchasing this report you will secure a proper understanding of shifting market dynamics which will enable you to amend your business plans accordingly, to allow maximum sales. 

You will gain an understanding of asset allocations of HNWIs and Ultra HNWIs investments in South Africa, enabling you to indentify the key areas in which you want to compete in the future.

Reason to buy the report:

· Obtain a clear understanding of HNWIs and UHNWIs in South Africa, broken down by wealth bands, demographics, job titles, industries and regions so that you may formulate and implement business strategies.
· Provide yourself with a comprehensive breakdown of asset class composition, across five wealth brands with a further look into key investments in order to gain a proper comprehension within the wealth market and its trends.
· Look into wealth managers, private banks, family offices and financial advisors, to allow a full evaluation of competitive risk and success factors, which will enable you to minimize business risks and challenges. 

Additional report highlights:

·         Despite unfavorable world market conditions, the South African wealth management market is growing rapidly. The market is attractive not only for local development, but also to foreign institutions, as it holds US$200 billion in wealth.
·         Much of the growth in South Africa’s wealth management and private banking sector over the past decade has been driven by growth in personal wealth and the number of HNWIs and UHNWIs. Wealth contrasts are a sensitive matter in the country, with poverty remaining a significant unsolved issue.

·         Growth rates for HNWI wealth and volumes are expected to improve over the forecast period. The number of South African HNWIs is forecast to grow by 16%, reaching 57,147 in 2018. HNWI wealth will also grow by 31%, reaching US$281 billion by 2018. 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Growing mHealth Market

The mHealth market is Expected to Reach $58.8 Billion Globally by 2020, according to Allied Market Research Projections. 

The study observed that the global mHealth market was valued at $6.7 billion in 2012 and is estimated to reach $8.3 billion by the end of 2013. With growing per capita healthcare expenditure both in developed and advanced developing countries, the mobile healthcare market is further projected to reach $58.8 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 32.3% from 2013 to 2020.

"Per capita expenditure on healthcare in developed economies is increasing at a faster rate than inflation and income levels, chiefly due to ageing population and chronic diseases which are lifestyle driven," note Allied Market Research analysts James Franco and Yojana Jeevane. "However, there has not been corresponding improvement in the quality of healthcare services delivered, especially in developing regions. Additionally, developing economies are even struggling to provide healthcare access at every level to their people", explains the analysts.

On contrary, ubiquitous access of smart mobile devices globally has enabled diagnostic and monitoring devices to render seamless healthcare services. Thus, this market is expected to grow at a significant pace in the next seven years. This projection is backed by the fact such as due to technological advancement integration of wireless technology with the portable healthcare devices is feasible, increasing incidences of lifestyle diseases, cost and convenience factors, government initiatives, affordability of smartphones. However, weak reimbursement policies, lower adoption due to lack of accuracy and technology infancy and uncertainty in the government regulations is expected to hinder the growth rate. Moreover, untapped markets in developing economies provide a lot of growth opportunities for this market due to increase in adoption of mHealth services to control the spread of communicable as well as non-communicable diseases. Such challenges can be very well taken by adoption of mHealth devices and services as they work irrespective of location and skilled professionals. The only mandatory requirement is the mobile access and a smartphone.

This report segments the global mHealth Market on the basis of devices, services, stakeholders, and therapeutic areas. The global mHealth devices market is forecast to reach market value over $1.5 billion in 2013 from $0.8 billion in 2011.

The contributory factors for this growth is high revenue generated from blood glucose meters, cardiac monitors and BP monitors in descending order. The services market is projected to grow over $6 billion by 2013 from 2011 market values of $4 billion mainly due to increase in revenues generated from monitoring and diagnostic services. In stakeholders market study mobile operators as well as device vendors will account for more than 75% of the overall market share by 2020.

The geography market assessment signifies that Europe along with North America will account for about 55% of the overall market revenue in 2013 and may reduce with growing demand in Asia Pacific region. The study also offers an updated review on the present major market player such as manufacturers of mobile medical devices, and mobile network providers; which also includes description of relevant recent developments activities.

Companies profiles in this report includes Philips healthcare, Omron HealthCare Inc., Bayer Healthcare, LifeWatch, Cardionet Inc., Masimo Corporation, Sanofie, Boston Scientific, AT&T Inc., and Johnson & Johnson.