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Smartkarma and Interactive Brokers Work Together to Empower Private Investors with Institutional-level Insight

By | Press Release

Smartkarma’s independent investment research network levels the playing field, further democratising access to high-quality investment intelligence.  

SINGAPORE, 23 NOVEMBER 2021: Smartkarma, the “Spotify of Investment Research” according to Bloomberg, today announced another milestone in its worldwide technology integration with leading online trading platform Interactive Brokers.

Private investor clients of Interactive Brokers can now access quality investment research traditionally reserved for professional fund managers and firms, with Smartkarma Plus – Smartkarma’s new subscription tier for qualified individual investors. Interactive Brokers users can access Smartkarma’s real-time Insight feed by signing up for Smartkarma Plus directly through their Interactive Brokers account.

This builds upon the existing integration between Smartkarma and Interactive Brokers. The two companies previously worked together to offer an expanded range of resources to professional investors, including unbiased, independent research on listed companies, direct access to independent analysts (Insight Providers), and unique insights into under-reported, emerging markets.

The Smartkarma platform contains independent investment Insights across 16 verticals, from traditional fields like IPOs and M&A to cutting-edge sectors such as Digital Assets and Crypto. There is coverage from top analysts globally, with a strong focus on fast-growing key markets such as Asia and the US. Insight Providers on the Smartkarma network are quoted daily by major financial press including the Wall Street JournalBloomberg, and Financial Times.

Smartkarma’s innovative model of a single transparent subscription service enables investors to be part of a worldwide network, benefiting from access to the best minds in markets and adding value to their own independent decision-making process in managing their wealth. This complements Interactive Brokers’ trade execution and clearing services for professional and private traders.

Private investors are a growing segment globally – there were 19.3 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) across the US, Asia, and Europe in 2020. More people decide to play an active role in managing and growing their wealth than ever before – and their impact has reverberated across the world markets in 2020 and 2021. Democratising access to high-quality market intelligence for those investors is core to Smartkarma’s mission and to this collaboration.

Interactive Brokers operates one of the largest electronic trading platforms in the US by number of daily average revenue trades. It provides its clients with trading, risk, and portfolio management tools, as well as research facilities and investment products, positioning investors to improve their returns. The company serves more than 1.5 million accounts in over 200 countries, with more than US$353 billion in client equity as of October 1.

Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, says: “High-quality investment intelligence has long been the privilege of professional investors with millions of dollars in AUM. With Smartkarma Plus, we are levelling the playing field for individual investors by bringing them institutional-level Insight from top analysts that moves markets, at a transparent and affordable price point. This collaboration is one more step along our journey with Interactive Brokers, enabling us to further our mission of democratising access by delivering our network’s differentiated intelligence to even more investors out there.”

Yochai Korn, Global Head of Market Data and Research at Interactive Brokers, adds, “We are delighted to work with Smartkarma and offer our clients the independent, minute-by-minute Insight and analysis available on the Smartkarma platform. Our focus on price, speed, diversity of global products, and providing advanced trading tools aligns strongly with Smartkarma’s innovative digital platform and direct access to Insight Providers, helping our clients to make informed trading decisions.”

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About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as a wealth of financial data and analytics provided by exchanges, banks, brokers, and more. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at www.smartkarma.com/home/private-investor-solutions

Smartkarma Partners Zilkroad to Double Down on Network Growth

By | Press Release

The independent investment research network is looking to capture opportunities across regions and customer segments by engaging experienced professionals with on-the-ground expertise. 

SINGAPORE, 2/11/2021: Smartkarma, an independent investment research network, has partnered with Zilkroad, a professional services firm that facilitates the advance of technology companies looking to expand their global footprint through collaboration.

Smartkarma and Zilkroad will combine their strengths in order to further expand Smartkarma’s network across the UK, EMEA, and mainland China, spanning its range of products for research providers, institutional and individual investors, and corporates.

The two companies are strategically aligned on core values of integrity, collaboration, and craftsmanship, and share a common vision of the decentralised economy and the financial tools and services of tomorrow.

Zilkroad brings to the table the deep expertise of CEO Daniel Shek and Managing Director Kevin Bilsby. Kevin has had an illustrious career on the sell-side, running APAC sales trading teams for Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas, as well as a stint on the buy-side. While heading regional sales for a privately-owned Fintech in Singapore, he met Daniel, who is the co-chair of FIX Trading Community in Asia, and has worked in various capacities across product and business development in the region.

Smartkarma - Zilkroad Collaboration

As Smartkarma continues its mission of democratising finance and access to high-quality investment intelligence, it will keep pursuing collaborations with local and regional players such as South Korean financial information platform FnGuide and leading Malaysian financial services group Maybank, to support its network expansion across all stakeholders of the investing cycle.

Smartkarma leverages its strength in covering Asian capital markets at a time when Asia increasingly demands the attention of global investors and companies. Hong Kong is looking at a stronger-than-ever IPO pipeline following regulatory developments in China, while India’s equity market has surged to US$3.46 trillion, inching closer to the UK’s at US$3.59 trillion

“We are excited to be partnering with Zilkroad as we double down on our expansion across markets and customer segments. This is another step towards building a true decentralised network for the investment professionals of tomorrow, as we continue to support the growing capabilities of our insight providers,” says Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma.

“China’s early economic recovery from the pandemic fueled rallies in stocks and commodities. It is an exciting time to be partnering with Smartkarma to bring their best-in-class, independent research to the trading community in China,” says Daniel Shek, CEO & Founder of Zilkroad.

“We are delighted to partner with Smartkarma and to align our strategy with the best differentiated independent research providers in the Asia-Pacific region. It will bring extraordinary opportunities for our clients and prospects, and will help Raghav and his team grow their global footprint across the financial services community,” adds Kevin Bilsby, Managing Director, Zilkroad.

 

About Smartkarma

Smartkarma is the independent investment research network that brings together independent Insight Providers, institutional investors, private accredited investors, and corporate IR professionals and management. We challenge conventions by providing differentiated, independent analysis on companies, markets, and industries across the world. This includes insights on areas under-reported by mainstream market coverage, including Event-Driven, IPOs & Placements, and Small/Mid-Cap Equities, as well as new and innovative asset classes such as Crypto and Digital Assets. Smartkarma’s online platform empowers asset managers and private accredited investors who want to access market-moving, differentiated intelligence; corporates who need to maximise their outreach; and analysts who wish to reach global investors with their written reports and bespoke services. Smartkarma is backed by notable investors such as Sequoia Capital, SGX, Wavemaker Partners, Jungle Ventures, and Enterprise Singapore. Learn more at https://www.smartkarma.com

 

About Zilkroad

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route that linked the Western world with the Middle East and Asia. It was a major conduit for trade between the Roman Empire and China and later between medieval European kingdoms and China. Zilkroad was born to facilitate the advance of technology solutions between the East and West, during a time of significant focus on costs, performance, efficiency and regulation. Our mission is to build long-term partnerships with FinTech companies who are looking to expand their global footprint through collaboration. Find out more at https://www.zilkroad.consulting

The Cybersecurity Disruptors in Asia & A Global Cyber Attack Worse than the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By | Smartkarma Originals

In this Smartkarma Original, we provide a detailed analysis of the cybersecurity disruptors in Asia and the major drivers of the cybersecurity market which are as follows:

  • The rise in malware & cyber attacks globally
  • The fast pace of digitalization contributing to risk
  • The COVID-19 pandemic & strong demand for cloud-based cyber security solutions

In this insight, we highlight 42 public and 20 private companies that are related to the cybersecurity market in five Asian countries including China, Japan, India, Korea, and Australia. The total market cap of these 42 public companies is US$347 billion. 

In addition, we discuss about the comments made about the potential global cyberattacks as explained by Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum. His idea is that a major global cyberattack could be worse than the COVID-19 crisis.

If there is a world-wide cyberattack, there will be a greater pressure to immunize the global Internet with digital vaccines and antibodies to protect the society from cyberattacks and if this crisis is massive enough in terms of public health crisis, this could result in the use of emergency powers once again to justify the centralization of power and control. Of course, this is just a speculation and it is nearly impossible to know in advance if and when such a massive cyberattack will occur. 

• Korea/Asia, New Economy, IPOs, Events • (Opens in a new window) ⧉

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Kishida as Prime Minister: The Path Ahead

By | Smartkarma Originals

What’s Original?

In this original, we have discussed some of the key aspects highlighted in Kishida’s policy statements along with the current status of these policies and companies that are likely to benefit.

LightStream Research • Japan/Asia Long-Short • (Opens in a new window) ⧉

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Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs): Across the Metaverse

By | Smartkarma Originals

NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, first leapt into our collective consciousness in March 2021 when Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, sold a digital work of art for USD69.346 million. NFTs are “one-of-a-kind” assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but do not take any tangible form. NFTs are (ostensibly) non-fungible – that is, it cannot be replaced with something else – and are verified and stored using blockchain protocols. 

The most expensive piece of art ever sold by Christie’s was the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci sold for USD450 million in 2017.  Whilst not topping that list, Beeple laid claim to being the third most valuable living artist as measured by auction prices.

In parallel, popular NFT games like the Axie Infinity, Sandbox and Decentraland are increasingly being used to describe what the Metaverse could be like when it reaches a state of maturity.  These “Play to earn” NFT-based games are said to provide an early type of Metaverse like experience where digital scarcity, strategy and gameplay come together to create a game where people enter a shared digital realm and create unique in-game experiences. 

In this SK Original, we provide a primer on the evolving NFT digital market and its possible future iterations within the much hyped Metaverse.  We organise this as follows: 

  1. NFT Origins
  2. an overview of the major NFT platforms, stakeholders and projects 
  3. drawing similarities between NFT and Mobile Gaming Adoption 
  4. regulatory landscape 
  5. future applications – NFTs across the Metaverse

• Forensic Analyst • (Opens in a new window) ⧉

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Accounting Standard Series – CAS No. 14 Impact on China Software Companies – Volume I (Venustech)

By | Smartkarma Originals

China’s cybersecurity market growth is set to reaccelerate given increased digitisation of the economy, emphasis on data security, and increase in cybersecurity spending.  While pandemic disruptions had led to an inevitable slowdown in 2020, recent cybersecurity spending trends by corporates and government bodies suggest a cyclical rebound. 

In the First of this Three part SK Originals series, we discuss how China’s Company Accounting Standard No. 14 – Revenue (“CAS No. 14“)’s application and consequent changes in accounting policy could result in material changes to the revenue recognition policy of Venustech Group Inc A (002439 CH), such as changing the timing of revenue recognition and the amount being recognised across the company’s various revenue segments.  

Most Chinese software companies started adopting CAS No. 14 in 2020.  Broadly, the net impact of CAS No. 14 is that recognition of software product revenue shifts from from multiple milestones based on a percentage of delivery completion to the transfer of actual control of the software products to customers, subject to specific terms of contract and management judgement. 

We also discuss the materiality threshold used to identify the listed software companies that have made changes in lieu of CAS No. 14, the key implications, and what this all means for Venustech with reference to industry dynamics, relative valuation, and company fundamentals.

We are constructive on Venustech’s prospects given its market leading position in software products, security operation centers and related services.  At forward P/E of 21.9x and market leading ROE and operating margin relative to peer average, we believe that Venustech is attractively valued. 

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