Category: Insurance

This Dove’s Not Crying

This Dove’s Not Crying

Dovish Fed Chair Jerome Powell held day 2 of his semi-annual monetary report to Congress today. To summarize, the Fed's got your back if you are a company of most any size, if you participate in the capital markets, if you are a politician looking for a free lunch, if you desire low interest rates … Continue reading This Dove’s Not Crying

Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

Broadly-defined Financial Services and Healthcare are two giant, slow growth industries that could potentially kick start revenue growth by leveraging a variety of video and audio-based technologies. Financial Services & Insurance contributed $1.2 Trillion to GDP in Q1 2020 and Healthcare contributed $2.4 Trillion during the same period (table 1). Both industries are bogged down … Continue reading Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Want to pick a fight with Microsoft, Amazon or Google? Don't take them head on. Build out a vertical offering that leverages bleeding edge technology combined with deep domain expertise. Control the entire user experience/customer journey. One could argue that Fanatics and Shopify (tkr: SHOP) have done just that in the world of E-commerce. SS&C … Continue reading “Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

We appreciate the logistical hoops public companies are having to work through to prep for earnings calls given disparate locations and other pressing operational matters. The cherry on top is when companies take extra care to have an adult conversation with investors about the state of operations despite the limited visibility that 99% of companies … Continue reading Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

We ran a Natural Language Processing ("NLP")-based analysis of earnings calls from this week. We captured keywords and phrases from 23 earnings calls. Our report is sorted alphabetically by ticker symbol. Access the free report HERE. This analysis may be customized to capture certain keywords and phrases for any text-based document. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater

Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

Layoffs are not only taking place across the retail, restaurant, travel and hospitality industries. A number of other industries including the Technology industry have absorbed their fair share of layoffs as well. Some early-stage Technology companies are conserving cash by replacing cash compensation with equity. The list below includes approximately 60 companies (primarily Tech companies) … Continue reading Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

CVS Health (ticker: CVS) provides an example of ineffective executive compensation management. Compensation should reward past performance and encourage behavior that drives desired future results. CEO total compensation growth should not outpace revenue growth nor operating cash flow growth over time. We prefer operating cash flow as a performance metric over Adjusted EBITDA as some … Continue reading CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

We list a handful of industries that may accelerate their mobile workforce and remote capability efforts in the COVID aftermath. ASSET MANAGEMENT: We believe the big opportunity here is for virtual meetings whether they be one-on-one meetings between investors and management teams or full analyst days. Basic video communication and live streaming services are offered … Continue reading Industries Best-Positioned To Go Mobile Post COVID

Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving

Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving

Policy makers have held interest rates artificially low since the 2008 financial crisis. This unnatural act - preventing interest rates from finding a natural equilibrium - made it difficult for investors to find yield and equity market valuations ballooned as a result. The cheap debt train has pulled into the station. (See the debt issuance … Continue reading Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving

Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images

Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images

Facebook is using AI to turn 2D photos into 3D photos. Fun for consumers. The question is to what degree can Facebook's convolutional neural net-powered technology be used to disrupt legacy geospatial/GIS offerings from companies such as Verisk (tkr: VRSK), ESRI (private), Trimble (tkr: TRMB), Garmin (tkr: GRMN), Pitney Bowes (tkr: PBI) and many others? … Continue reading Facebook Is Using AI to Turn 2D Photos into 3D Images