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Turnkey Tech Investing: May 2020 Market Brief

By: Bill Studebaker, CIO & President   Before the current health crisis, I discussed the ‘wall of worry’ that the market had overcome as it climbed its way to all-time highs back in February. But as the coronavirus continues to linger, that proverbial ‘wall’  is starting to feel more like a ‘cliff.’ 40 million Americans have been without jobs since mid-March, stimulus checks are beginning to dry up, and the $600/week unemployment boost is due to expire at the end of n...

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COVID-19 Drives Unprecedented Digital Acceleration

By: Lisa Chai, Sr. Research Analyst Microsoft has seen two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months, according to its CEO in a recent earnings call with investors. Digital transformation empowered by artificial intelligence (AI) has been critical to many industries during the Coronavirus pandemic. Telework, e-commerce, grocery delivery, and digital media are just a few of the areas that have seen the most dramatic transformation. Without cloud computing and next-generation wo...

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Amid the pandemic, ROBO Global offers a silver lining

By Richard Lightbound, ROBO Global   The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered its share of surprises. While scientists and researchers have predicted a pandemic of this proportion for years (this Bill Gates TedTalk from 2015 offers some fascinating background), once the coronavirus hit, nations around the globe were woefully unprepared. While the virus certainly caught the world off guard, there have come some notably positive surprises in the form of human caring and resilience. Doctors a...

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Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Wheels Up for On-demand Healthcare

During a time when other industries have been grounded, the telemedicine industry has taken off into the mainstream, fueled by the global health crisis. In an effort to assess the sustainability of this growth, we conducted a survey of 1,015 consumers across the U.S., at varying ages and income levels. As telemedicine emerges as one of the most transformative themes in healthcare tech today, we have identified multiple vectors that could further fuel growth for years to come, such as repeat visi...

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3D Printing Community Steps Up to Help Save Lives

By: Lisa Chai, Sr. Research Analyst Additive manufacturing solution providers and designers have responded to the global COVID-19 crisis by helping the healthcare system; specifically, by supporting its supply chains around the world. One way they are helping is by creating 3D-printed face masks and ventilators. The US only has about 160,000 ventilators available, according to a 2018 analysis by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. However, the American Hospital Association projects ...

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From panic to opportunity: Investing for growth in a bear market

By: Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets & Sales Jason Zweig, author of the Wall Street Journal column The Intelligent Investor, began a recent article with this intriguing question: “How could a microscopic organism destroy nearly $15 trillion in global stock-market wealth in five weeks?” The article offers an important history lesson for investors. His premise is that ‘risk’ can often be hidden or delayed, but it can never be eliminated. Over the course of contemporary history...

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Investing Amid the Coronavirus Meltdown

In this exclusive report, ROBO Global advisor Louis-Vincent Gave, the founding partner and CEO of famed independent research firm Gavekal, discusses the perfect storm of three ongoing crises - the COVID-19 pandemic, energy solvency, and the liquidity crisis; and three resolutions. Investors should get ready for a world where interest rates stay very low for a very long time, where budget deficits go absolutely through the roof, and where the incentive of the average worker to go to work is muted...

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How COVID-19 Innovation Today Provides Investment Insight Into Tomorrow

In the last few weeks, over a dozen companies in the HTEC Index have stepped forward to provide life-saving solutions to combat coronavirus. These innovators are working round-the-clock to develop, obtain regulatory approvals, and launch products that for some, may not generate much profit. However, in doing so, all these companies are demonstrating their market leadership, ability to mobilize and innovate rapidly and scale for further innovation. We view these as positive leading indicators tha...

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To avoid a COVID-19 replay, robotics & AI technologies will come to the rescue

By: lllah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD, Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon & ROBO Global Strategic Advisor   We live in a time of global pandemic now. What matters in such a time is not technology, but our humanity. Can we learn to care, to collaborate and to minimize the loss of life globally when business, as usual, will lead to the worst possible outcome? As I write under the current shelter-in-place order, across the space of my corporate and university colleagues I see a common, ...

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HTEC Index: Expecting a more mild impact from COVID-19

We conducted an in-depth analysis of our Healthcare Technology & Innovation Index (HTEC) to estimate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HTEC’s portfolio companies. Our analysis indicates that although most companies will see a negative impact in the near term, 70% of the index should see a more rapid recovery. More importantly, in the long term we expect a net positive fundamental impact on HTEC, as 21% of the index operates in areas that could see incremental demand post-pandemic. In ...

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