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- All Eyes on Yellen at Jackson Hole August 21, 2016 Posted in: Economy, Stock Market
Where events can change the market drastically some events are obviously so directly linked that all traders wait for the event, gripping their seats. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has all eyes fixed on her as she prepares for her speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Stock Market closed stable on Friday but there has been much debate about whether or not she is going to give out any information on an increase in rates anytime in the future. It is quite imperative for the stock traders to score an increase in the rates yet the situation is going to keep the pressure built until 26th of August.
Yellen is in a unique position at the moment while the trading world desperately awaits her comments at the Kansas City Fed’s annual function. Where some are optimistic that Yellen will be signaling a raise in coming September however with a very low probability of 18% backs this believe.
Traders have been under great pressure and in turn the pressure shift on to Yellen in the current situation where market data on inflation and economy doesn’t support a raise in the rates. On the other hand, traders have been desperate to get a raise to the point that lobbying for the cause has also been heard of in the trading circles.
Market analysts, however, believe that given the poor performance of different sectors such utilities makes it imperative that the Federal reserve announces a raise. It is, however, going to be a very tough decision especially when other Central Banks are performing on negative rates. On the other hand, risk pushing the hike back until December means risking a lot more and cornering themselves right from the start.
Traders in the US now trust less on the Federal Reserve as the chance to change two raises during the year 2016 to one raise are getting higher. The unrest in the industry puts Yellen and her team under immense pressure where on one hand the trading industry is counting on her while on the other hand the greater good persist them to make a just decision.
The speech titled “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future”, is aptly titled to help Yellen take some pressure off her back however the uncertainty that surrounds her decision can keep the market in a sway for next six days. Analysts are hoping that the Market PIMI reports for July and August, due next week, can help improve the situation.
- Top US REIT Picks for 2017 October 7, 2016 Posted in: Economy
Even during the financial crisis, real estate investment trust (REIT) funds were secure from losing. Now that the housing and mortgage industry is again growing and profitable, REITs have also shown to be very good investments. REITs offer a mutual fund like security in numbers, investing in real estate including buildings, offices, homes, apartments, condominiums, warehouses and others.
Even if you do not have money to buy prime property, putting money in REITs can have you investing in luxury homes for sale in Round Rock, TX, without knowing it. Here are 5 REITs which you should take a look at, for 2017:
- Lasalle Hotel Properties. A company noted for investing and managing hotels and resorts, Lasalle Hotel Properties is expected to deliver at least 7.77% dividend. Analysts forecast that this is the low-end estimate, with a headroom of 4.79%. This means that the company can give dividends as high as 12.5%.
- CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust. CorEnergy provides infrastructure assets for the energy industry. These include pipelines, warehouses, logistics, transmission lines, and storage tanks. During the past year, the share price grew by 91%. It is expected to have a dividend yield of 10.3% based on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) of 20.
- Digital Realty Trust (DLR). The core business of DLR is in data centers. It rents out space for data centers across the country. If there is a big company with a lot of servers, they are most probably renting space in a DLR warehouse. Although the stock currently pays out 4.3%, the dividend has been increasing since their IPO in 2004. The growth of cloud computing means that there is no ceiling for growth of DLR.
- Crown Castle International (CCI). CCI is a company which supplies to the telecom industry. They lease out antennas, and cell towers to communications carriers. The growth in cell phones, specially in data transmissions, ensures that their business model will also continue to grow. The stock yield is currently at 4.1%.
- Host Hotels (HST). Another REIT which specializes in hotels and resorts, HST have a yield of 5.2%. It owns 92 high class hotels and resorts. The company owns the hotel, and these are managed by third-parties.
- Realty Income. Realty is a solid company built on cash flow. Yielding 3.5% may not sound like a lot, however, it has more than 4,615 buildings. It boasts an impressive 98% occupancy rate, and a steady growth in leases and in acquisitions. On top of that, it pays out dividends monthly, and has done so for 550 consecutive months.
The above are some of the choices available for REIT investment. Some of these are solid long-term investments which can lead to a continuous cash flow. If you want to go for the long game, you can follow those with a long history of giving out dividends. Or you can choose REITs which have diversified property holdings. Industry-based REITs are easier to forecast, like those in energy, telecommunications and in IT. The above may not appeal to the regular investor, but they do provide a good sample of viable investments providing predictably good yields.
- The Exploding 2.6 Billion Dollar Data Acquisition Industry September 7, 2016 Posted in: Stock Market
The DAQ (Data Acquisition) market, growing at a cumulative average growth rate of 6% and currently valued at over $2.26 billion as at 2015, is expected to cross the $3 billion threshold by 2020. In this week’s guest post by DAQifi, one of the leading manufacturers of wireless data acquisition systems. For more information please check them out at www.daqifi.com
The market is primarily driven by the proliferation of open source software standards, interoperable abilities, the adoption of Ethernet, and the need to cut on distribution losses that continue to be incurred. However, the market still faces significant skilled labor constraints as an advanced technology such as this requires highly specialized skills in computer languages such as FORTRAN, PASCAL etc. Also, cost considerations are a major bone of contention as are security issues owing to the widespread popularity of wireless technology. Below, we take a look at 3 data acquisition trends to watch out for in 2017 as follows:
- Open Machine Learning and Deep Learning
Late last year, Google open-sourced its machine learning platform- TensorFlow. A few weeks later, IBM followed suit by releasing SystemML-its machine learning technology- into the open source community. These initiatives join a growing plethora of already existing open source machine learning platforms e.g. DL4J that is used to implement deep learning in Java. Data technologists and scientists now have the world’s leading algorithms at their fingertips if they wish to carry out advanced predictive analytics. This is expected to propel the innovative ways by which we create value from data to levels previously unimagined.
- Big Data Strategies Beyond Hadoop
After several years of technology-focused on the adoption of Hadoop and other related alternatives to traditional databases, expect a shift toward more business-oriented data strategies in 2017. Such carefully crafted strategies are likely to involve Chief Data Officers (CDOs) as well as other business leaders, and should be guided by the creation of business value from data and innovation opportunities. The latest trend of exciting advances in data engineering and data science techniques should spark a myriad of creative business opportunities, with the data infrastructure playing a supporting role. Real benefits to companies such as DAQifi will be best achieved through strategic alignment of the right technologies with high value opportunities in order to support innovative solutions.
- An AI-Enabled World
Having gone out of favor in the 1970s, AI (Artificial Intelligence) is proving hot once again. Examples such as medical diagnosis, stock trading, facial recognition, and autonomous vehicles are exciting the imaginations of present-day technologists. In addition, the power of parallel, distributed computing is now more accessible than ever before, making it much easier to experiment with numerous novel ideas. Also, the rich data that is needed to feed machine learning algorithms continues to be more diverse, prolific, and readily available than ever before. While it may take a little bit longer to perfect your self-driving car, you can definitely expect your life to get better in 2017 as a result of the innovative uses of AI.
As with every passing year, 2016 has proved that with innovation comes acquisition. While it may be difficult to predict where the next great IT revolution will emerge from, the future looks great for data loggers in these three spheres heading into 2017.
- The Future of VR: Redefined Learning August 27, 2016 Posted in: Main
In the present day, you can strap on a rectangular black headset and climb to the top of a snow capped mountain or traverse a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean. This is the promise of virtual reality (VR) headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Companies throughout the world have embraced this technology, especially corporate video industry in Sydney.
As impressive as virtual reality already is, many pundits still believe that the technology is still in its infancy. This may be due to the fact that previous VR-style efforts have flopped in the past e.g. Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. However, the latest crop of gadgets in this field are deemed more promising, thanks to their vastly improved head-tracking abilities, much improved graphics and more. Below, therefore, we take a look at 3 important things that you need to know about the future of VR as follows:
- VR is likely to get more physical
Anyone who has tried or seen the HTC Vive will know that some physical activity is involved. The Vive, together with its two controllers come equipped with sensors that allow players to wield an imaginary paintbrush or swing a virtual golf club. But what systems like the PlayStation VR or Hive currently lack is a sense of touch i.e. you may look like you are wielding a paintbrush but the device in your hand essentially feels like a video game controller. This will be one of the first areas where virtual reality will improve. (The Oculus Rift still does not support motion controllers, although the company plans to launch such devices later this year).
The next evolutionary phase of VR will be where people get to participate physically in the VR world and not just sitting back. For instance, if you are playing quarterback, you not only get to throw a football, but you can also interface with the team as well.
- Catering to other senses
Phil Carey of Cornerstone Media believes that incorporating more sophisticated touch controls will only be the start and that future VR devices could refine concepts that were first introduced in the early 1960s with the much vaunted Sensorama which incorporated elements like smells and winds. Granted, today’s headsets perform an excellent job of catering to the visual senses and a little bit of audio as well. But those are only two senses. Once you start catering to the rest of the senses- like what we feel temperature-wise, smell-wise, and body-wise, the reality factor of VR technology becomes much stronger as the virtual pieces begin to fade.
It is not exactly clear how-and if- the technologies described above will ever take shape. But it will definitely not be for the want of trying as there are numerous companies that are committed to taking VR technology to the next level. For instance, the startup Thalmic Labs makes armbands that are capable of controlling electronic devices through the use of gestures that also work with the Rift; while Leap Motion- a startup that launched motion-sensing cameras for computers in 2013- is now developing technology that can be used to interact with VR environments without using a controller.