There are many buzzwords out there from leading analysts – Gartner Hype Cycle is very popular. IDC, Forrester, Frost & Sullivan etc. make similar predictions. Similarly, CompTIA.org is an IT Industry trade body.
This is an informal look at interesting concepts that may be worth paying attention to in the year ahead.
Cryptocurrency: A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.
Device Mesh: The device mesh refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or interact with people, social communities, governments and businesses.
Containers: Open platforms to build, ship, componentize, & run distributed applications & move them across platforms and clouds with greater independence (e.g. Docker).
Quantified Self: A movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed), states (e.g. mood), and performance (mental and physical).
Haptics: Haptics is the science of applying touch (tactile) sensation and control to interaction with computer applications.
Per Gaze: A Google-Glass patent for an ad system that allows real-world ads to be translated into digital behaviors.
Internet Of Things: A proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
Sensorization: Sensorization is a buzzword to define the extent or the trend of embedding as many sensors as possible within a device or appliance.
Gamification: Applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.
Software-defined Networking: An approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of higher-level functionality.
Mobile Wallets: Mobile wallets use near-field communication (NFC) chips inside mobile smart phones and tablets to transmit payment information.
Machine Learning: Type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.
Wearable Technology: Category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness.
Location-based Authentication: Goes beyond user-id, password & biometrics to prove an individual’s identity and authenticity based on location. Pre-authorizations, reduce CNP fraud.
Data Stewardship: Management and oversight of an organization’s data assets to help provide business users with high-quality data that is easily accessible in a consistent manner.
Flexible Display: A flexible display is an electronic visual display which is flexible in nature; differentiable from the more prevalent traditional flat screen displays used in most electronics devices.
Screenless Displays: Part of an emerging technology in the field of displays that are likely to be a game changer and would change the way displays are used. e.g. holograms (like Star wars), LCD panels, cockpit windows
Augmented Reality: A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. Augmented reality adds graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. Best example – Pokemon Go.
These are buzzwords that you will be seeing used in major Retail Banks across the world. Retail Banks have really developed over time as a dynamic workspace. Learn all about how Retail Banks function in our retail banking and wealth Management course.
Written by Alex Harrison.
What Are Capital Markets?
Capital markets basically deal with stocks and bonds in general. In simple words, any firm is it private of government, is always in need of funds, so as to finance its various operations to achieve certain long-term goals. Thus every firm is supposed to acquire these very funds or capital; for which, it sells stocks and bonds. These stocks and bonds are basically like shares, all of which are in the companies name. For instance, when the government of any country, issues what are known as treasury bonds, it basically is tapping into the capital markets, thereby generating capital. This process is basically known as the IPO or Initial Public Offering. Capital Markets are largely divided into two types, the primary markets and secondary markets. The companies and governments sell their securities in the primary market, whereas the investors trade with this securities in what is known as the secondary markets. Thus, it is safe to say that the capital markets are an important area of the finance industry.
These markets are more like the foundations on the basis of which, various companies and governments are able to invest in businesses, generate employment as well as better infrastructure. One of the core responsibilities of any capital market includes getting the people who are looking to invest, in contact with those looking for capital. Put so simply, this sounds like a very easy task to do, but in reality, a lot of professionals, perform this high-pressure task, to get the desired results. The private companies look to raise capitals for various reasons, other than just expanding their businesses. They could be looking to finance start-up business ventures, or to battle with the sudden decline in the turnover, or for buying out the competition. While it may seem like it is only those very companies, which are profited from this whole business, it is not so. The very reason someone would want to provide capital is that that person would be looking to gain profit from their financing efforts.
A lot of people know of capital markets as stock exchanges. These are places where anyone can invest and are more commonly known as the public markets. This is where the Initial Public Offering takes place, which is the first time when any firm, comes out into the public to sell their securities. The next step where securities are bought and sold by investors is known as secondary markets, as spoken about earlier. These secondary markets take place, subsequently after the primary market proceedings are over. Just as there are public markets, there also exist the lesser known private markets, which are also known as exempt markets. These can be called as more lenient as compared to the public markets, primarily because there are no regulations to be met. Also, this is seen as a more cost-effective way for companies to fund their financing needs.
Thus the arena of capital markets has come to garner more attention by a lot of people, which is why candidates look for programs, which can make them proficient in the inner workings of capital markets. Imarticus Learning one of the best education institute in India offers industry endorsed courses in capital markets, finance and investment banking.
There is no better way to learn than by doing. So we at Imarticus Learning believe that the best way to prepare for interview for Corporate Finance jobs is to actively invest in the market in whichever way possible thereby putting some ‘skin in the game’, which ensures you know what’s going on. While FMVC and our Diploma in Corporate finance focus on Interview Prep using mock interviews and providing sample questions, we always encourage our students to actively participate in the stock market by opening Phantom Accounts.
Before you begin actively investing, you need to answer a few questions :
1. What are you doing this for? If you are doing it for the course, we advise you to open a phantom account, which essentially means you do everything but invest real money. Regardless of if you open a phantom account or the real thing, the following steps will help.
2. What kind of investor are you? Are you a risk taker, risk averse, or a little bit of both? This is what we call investor profiling and we delve into this a great deal in our Retail Banking and Wealth Management Diploma, one of India’s leading programs/courses in Retail Banking and Wealth Management. Being a risk taker is simple. It requires a strong stomach and a healthy attitude to losing some money because the equity market is volatile. While you will be making decisions based on sound analysis, sometimes things go wrong and you could lose all your capital, hard earned money you have been saving for a long time. How do you feel about that? If you shudder at the thought and think you will lose a lot of sleep then you are probably risk averse. Once you realize this, you can then invest your portfolio keeping that in mind and put aside a small amount for risky ventures that offer spectacular returns and perhaps put the rest in conservative investments with lower returns.
3. How much time do you have? Picking stocks is hard work and there’s a reason why Mutual fund managers get paid so much to do it. So if you don’t have the time, we suggest starting out with an index fund like Franklin India Index or HDFC Index Fund – sensex. An index fund is a mutual fund that invests in a predefined stocks of an index in a percentage allocation that resembles the index. Your portfolio could be a mix of different index funds, NSE Small caps, BSE Sensex and maybe even an international index fund.
4. I want to invest individually. We suggest creating your own index fund and take control of the percentage allocation thereby doing some work of your own while having the sensex as a guide. If you plan to move away from the index, then create a portfolio of 12-20 well chosen stocks that are extremely well covered and have excellent investor relations.
Here are some broad rules
a. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket or one sector
b. Understand the concept of defensive stocks and cyclicality
c. Don’t completely trust your broker but aim to create a good relationship
d. If you plan to invest using an online platform- preferred method, then remember to read, research and plan meticulously and keep a record and mark to market regularly
Our next blog post will focus on the technicalities of opening your first account as well understanding various stock market terminology.
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