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Madhumita Mondal, a resident of Mumbai made a decision to buy an apartment online. A strange but appealing feeling that save time and also offers mouthwatering discount compared to tradition offline purchase. Mondal spent $ 159,000 (10.1 million rupees) on a 3 bedroom apartment located in Mumbai suburbs. According to Mondal, normally she purchases books and dresses on Snapdeal.com, but when she saw the apartment advertised with good discount, she decided to give it a try to save time and money. A decision that changed her online experience.

‘Rather than having to go through property agencies off-line, this experience is much better,’ Mondal commented.

While it seems difficult to spend hundreds of thousands of rupees online, many Indians are happy about it. Property is being sold online and huge internet sales realized. Developers are getting an easy time disposing off the excess supply while consumers find it easy to buy houses with good discounts. Over the past few weeks, both Mantri Developers Ltd and Tata Housing Development Co made sales of $ 1 million each on Snapdeal. In the past one year, Snapdeal, Housing.com and 99acres.com are sites that have been making property sales online. More than 1500 apartments of sales online are reported by Tata Housing. The online platforms promise lower prices. In an advert placed on their website, Snapdeal promises low prices, ‘obtain unbelievable discounts’ the advertisement reads.

Cost Conscious

The managing director and chairman of Mumbai-based developer Rustomjee Group had this to say, ‘Indians are very conscious on cost. They believe that online platforms and mass buying are cheap methods of buying anything.’ More than 30 apartments have been sold online by Rustomjee Group through a brokerage site where buyers are directed to Rustomjee to make the sale complete. ‘We observe traditions on most things while in India, we embrace technology and what it has to offer. I see a lot of potential in the manner in which the internet can make changes in sale of apartments.’

For a new construction, the sites for online sales work in the same manner as an offline showroom belonging to a developer. Instead of going in person to view the photos and proposed models, the potential customer only has to make a few clicks. He/she is able to view the neighborhood and see how the building and units look like. He also gets an opportunity to see the reviews and ratings from other buyers. Also available is a walk-through of the three dimension furnished apartment.

Big Discounts

A good example of a typical discount is an apartment worth 6.5 million rupee which was built in Bengaluru by Ardente Realtors. The mortgage interest payment of 800,000 rupees (12 % purchase price) was being slashed off on this apartment if the purchase is made through Housing.com.

When a down payment of $ 1,600 is made by the customer on the ecommerce platform, the buyer is contacted by the developer in order to assist mortgage financing arrangements through the bank if need be. The option of paying the balance through online banking is also available.

‘Unlike offline real estate brokers, online commissions for sellers are lower,’ said Rustomjee Irani. He didn’t give further details. Snapdeal also failed to give more information on commissions. In some markets, developers are using the site so that they can offload excess supply in the markets. In the first quarter of the year, there was a total of 192.3 million square feet of unsold homes. This was expected to take 3 years and 10 months for them to be sold at the prevailing pace in Mumbai. This is according to a research and real estate consulting firm, Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research Pvt. There is 8-12 months inventory required to be maintained for a healthy market.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Combined Market Cap of Five Largest MedTech Companies Surged by $40bn YoY

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Five Largest MedTech Companies Gained Combined $40bn Year-on-Year

The coronavirus outbreak put immense pressure on the healthcare industry, forcing pharmaceutical institutions to roll out clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine at breakneck speed. However, many other companies also played a huge role in identifying symptoms and keeping the virus under control, which sparked significant innovations in the medical technology market.

According to data presented by AksjeBloggen, the combined market capitalization of Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic, Siemens AG, and Cardinal Health Inc., as the five biggest MedTech companies globally surged by $40bn year-over-year, reaching $394.3bn in October.

Abbott Laboratories Market Cap Jumped by 31%, the Biggest Increase in 2020

The World Health Organization defines medical technology, or MedTech, as the use of knowledge and technology in devices, medicines, and procedures to advance human health. One aspect of that which has been drawing more and more attention lately is remote healthcare services or telemedicine, as the growing number of people seek medical advice from the safety of their homes.

In September 2019, the combined market capitalization of the five major Medtech companies amounted to $354.2bn, revealed the Yahoo Finance data. By the end of the year, their combined value of shares rose to $398.7bn.

However, the first quarter of 2020 witnessed a significant drop, with the figure plunging to $359.1bn after the stock market crash in March. The following months brought a recovery, with the combined market capitalization of the five companies rising to $385.4bn in June.

The increasing trend continued in the fourth quarter, with the figure increasing by $8.9bn between June and October.

As the leading MedTech company globally, Johnson & Johnson witnessed an almost $40bn increase in the market capitalization year-over-year, growing from $340.3bn in September 2019 to around $380bn last week.

However, statistics indicate that Abbott Laboratories, the second-largest MedTech firm, witnessed the most significant market cap growth in 2020. In December 2019, the combined value of shares of the Chicago-based healthcare company specialized in nutrition, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic treatments, and medical devices amounted to $153bn. After falling to 139.5bn in March, this figure recovered to $161.8bn in June and continued rising.

In August, the company announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued Emergency Use Authorization for its BinaxNOW COVID-19 portable and affordable antigen test that can deliver results within 15 minutes. Since March, the company has got US authorizations for five other coronavirus tests, including the ID Now that can provide results within minutes.

The Yahoo Finance data show Abbott Laboratories market cap jumped to $194.1bn last week, a 31% increase year-over-year.

Siemens AG Market Cap Rose by 20% Year-over-Year

As one of the leading manufacturers and developers of medical devices in the industry, Siemens AG has also witnessed substantial market cap growth in 2020. Their products mostly center around diagnostic equipment and medical imaging systems, the largest contributor of more than €86.8 billion in revenue in the 2019 fiscal year. Statistics show the combined value of the German company’s shares rose by 20% year-over-year, rising from $87.4bn in September 2019 to $104.4bn last week.

The market capitalization of Medtronic plc, the Irish firm that has been at the top of the industry for nearly three decades, rose by 3.5% YoY. In December 2019, the market cap of the medical device company peaked at $151.3bn. After a sharp fall to $120.8bn in March, this figure recovered to $150.4bn last week.

The Yahoo Finance data indicate that Cardinal Health, Inc., an American multinational health care services company providing supplies to more than 75% of the US hospitals, witnessed the smallest increase in the combined value of shares. Statistics show its market cap rose by $350 million after the stock market crash in March, landing at $14.3bn last week, a 3.7% increase year-over-year.

 

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Buy Now, Pay Later Apps Record 8m Installs YTD, Grows by 155% YOY

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8.43 Million People Install Buy Now and Pay Later Apps

Data presented by Stock Apps indicates that Buy Now, Pay Later applications have recorded about 8.43 million downloads. The downloads are on a year to date basis.

Coronavirus spurs BNPL apps downloads growth

The highest downloads were recorded as of September 20th at 1.4 million. As of January 20th, the BNPL applications had been downloaded 962,000 times.

The application downloads recorded a significant decline across the year between March and April at 767,000 and 734,000, respectively.

The Stock Apps research also overviewed the application downloads on a year over year basis. As of September 2019, the apps had been downloaded 650,000 times. During a similar period this year, the apps had recorded 1.4 million downloads.

The research explained the soaring popularity of BNPL apps registered this year. According to the research report:

“The Buy Now, Pay Later apps enables customers to purchase goods with payment plans segmented into installments. The apps have been on the rise this year as the coronavirus took a toll on the economy. Most people lost their jobs as different states imposed lockdowns to contain the virus. Due to the pandemic, consumer spending dropped. Essentially, as the economic uncertainty grew, many consumers were more comfortable buying a variety of essential items that had the option to make smaller payments over time without adding to their credit card debt.”

The research also linked the rise to consumers who are shunning credit cards due to high costs.

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Netflix Subscribers Grow by 2.2M in Q3 2020 as Its Mobile App Falls Two Spots behind Disney+

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Netflix Grows Subscribers by 2.2 Million in the Third Quarter

Following a blockbuster H1 2020, Netflix’s growth slowed down in Q3 2020. According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones, net paid subscriber additions for Q3 2020 were 2.2 million. Comparatively, FactSet analysts had estimated 3.57 million while Netflix had expected 2.5 million.

According to a report made by Netflix, it had added 15.77 million subscribers in Q1 2020 against an expected 7 million. In Q2 2020, the total number of new paid subscribers was 10.1 million versus an expected 7.5 million.

Disney+ Subscribers Grow by 60M in 9 Months vs. Netflix’s 28.1M

At the end of Q3 2020, Netflix reported a total of 195.15 million. Netflix reiterated the fact that it had missed its Q3 2020 subscriber forecast due to the company’s record performance in H1 2020.

All in all, Netflix had an additional 28.1 million subscribers added in the first nine months of 2020. Comparatively, it added 27.8 million throughout 2019. For Q4 2020, the company estimates 6.0 million additional paid subscriptions. If it achieves this forecast, total paid net adds for 2020 will be 34 million, setting a new record higher than 2018’s 28.6 million.

Moreover, Asia Pacific accounted for the highest growth of Netflix net paid subscribers, contributing 46% to the global total in Q3 2020. APAC revenue grew by 66% during the period, compared to 22.7% global growth.

According to a study by Sensor Tower, Netflix was the eighth highest grossing mobile app in Q3 2020 on both the App Store and Google Play. Streaming rival Disney+ sat ahead of Netflix, in the fifth position.

Based on a Walt Disney report, Disney+ subscribers have grown at a remarkable rate since its launch. Immediately after its launch in November 2019, it had 10 million signups, growing to 26.5 million at the end of December 2019. By the end of March 2020, the number had risen to 33.5 million and further to 50 million by April 2020. As of August 2020, it had 60.5 million subscribers.

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