Smartphones and the Emerging Markets

A smart phone is a mobile phone with more advanced computing ability than a contemporary basic feature phone. They are handheld Computers integrated within a mobile telephone, and allows the user to install and run more applications based on a specific platform.

Growth in demand for advanced mobile devices boasting powerful processors, abundant memory, larger screens, and open operating systems has outpaced the rest of the mobile phone market for several years.

According to a Study by ComScore, over 45.5 million people in the United States owned smart phones in 2010 and it is the fastest growing segment of the mobile phone market, which comprised 234 million subscribers in the United States.

Business and markets analysis show that the key factor to revolutionizing markets across the globe are Innovations that brings cutting-edge and inspires passion, engagement and fun for Customers or Subscribers.

As we all know we are in an information age, and whatever enhances information is valuable. Wise investors now are putting their money in Company stocks that have relative terms with Improvised technology and device manufacturing that enhances and improves Information Gateway and connectivity.

It is amazing to see how the Mobile phone device has transformed and evolved from just normal features of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving sms to becoming a smart phone with fully loaded features and add-ons that enables browsing, synchronization of office mails and networking via the social networks available like facebook, twitter.

The World is changing and technology is becoming rapid by the day. Even the Holy Bible Book of Daniel has an account that foretells of this time when knowledge shall increase across the Globe. So it is rather amazing to see how the Globe has transformed through the Smartphone devices.

The first set of Smartphones in the 20th Century was Simon designed by IBM in 1992, followed by the Nokia Communicator line Nokia 9000 released in 1996 and Ericsson’s GS88. These smartphones had the features calendar, notepad, world clock, e-mail service, open operating system, and expensive Personal Digital assistant(PDA).

In the 21st Century we have seen more improvised innovations that have positioned the Manufacturing firms as the leading and richest companies in the Globe today. The beauty is that every day it keeps improving and there is very heavy competition between key innovative companies Apple, Ericsson and RIM (Research in Motion) with every strategy employed to keep afloat and sustain their relevance in the markets.

The Three afore-mentioned companies are smart companies because they improvised the smart phone device and have profited handsomely from it, which shows that they lead customers with innovation not just responding to their current trends.

The smart phones have now generated unique value in the markets as younger people not even the elite working class want to have the smart phone device.This value has catapulted companies like Nokia, Apple, Ericsson and RIM to play dominant roles in the technology sector.

In 2000 Ericsson released the touch screen R380 the first device to use the symbian OS. Followed by P800 in 2002 the first camera smartphone. Handspring released the Palm OS Treo smart phone in 2002, utilizing a full keyboard that combined wireless web browsing, email, calendar and organizer with third party applications.

RIM released the Blackberry in 2002, LG prada and HTC touch were released in 2007, and Apple introduced the unique iphone in 2009 which has been on high demand. Nokia released this year the Nexus One using the Android OS.

Microsoft amazingly has observed the growing trend and turnovers coming to Apple and RIM, and have decided to re-launch themselves in the smart phone market with an improvised smart phone innovation device “Microsoft 7” which is geared towards giving other Manufacturers like Apple and RIM stiff competition.

The markets now have a variety of smart phones to choose from, with intriguing cutting edge technologies and sensation additions and features. This is bringing huge and unusual profit turnovers for the Manufacturers with accelerated revenue.

According to ABI research the emerging markets has seen the availability of more cutting edge less expensive smart phones than the past years in diverse forms and makes. It has also brought value to telecommunications Service providers who have explored the opportunities of the smart phones offers increasing their Leverage.

So From America, Europe, Asia to Africa the Mobile manufacturers have shipped 55 million smart phones during the first quarter of 2010, a remarkable drive in the global markets which has obviously engaged all the Mobile and Gadgets companies in high-level thinking and supersonic innovation to really gain relevance in this mind blowing but money-spinning product called “smart phones’.

Whether it is the “Blackberry”, the “iPhone OS 4”, or the “Nexus one” the smart phones have revolutionized the markets, and for this century have emerged as a products that have embraced high-level technology and would be rated as one of “The Market Transformers” which have also served as ‘social networking enablers’ which is unique for a globalized World.

Why The Mindset Of The Evangelical Creates Value In Creating Value In Emerging Markets

Creating lucrative markets in emerging economies is motivated by a desire to create value for your company. It is also motivated by the desire to create value for the people that reside inside those markets. To create dominate brands in the emerging world, values are critical. You have to have to have a desire to do good by doing good. This is why Evangelicals are a critical tool in creating these markets and brands.

Evangelical faith creates life skills that translate into professional skill sets that are irreplaceable in creating brands in emerging markets. There is two parts of Evangelical faith that is critical for the general population to understand. Evangelicals come to faith for salvation—but not just for salvation after death. Evangelicals come to faith to serve and have a higher purpose in life. The two are interwoven and they can’t be separated. This is critical in the development of emerging markets within the global economy—Evangelicals want to do good, and this good is to create large revenue streams for themselves, the companies they work for and the national people that they work with.

To understand this, the population must understand the theology of the Evangelical. Evangelicals closely follow the New Testament. Evangelicals feel that they are on earth to ADD to life, not TAKE. Evangelicals feel that the purpose of their salvation is to GIVE BACK— God saved them for a mission. Evangelicals feel they have a calling—a ministry. (Eph. 6:7, Col. 3:23). This service is not optional, something to schedule in—it is a key component of an Evangelical’s life. (Eph. 2:10). Evangelicals are driven by The Great Commission and not The Great Omission. This ministry, this calling, might to be to create a telecom service for Africa through social media sights.

Evangelicals believe in a “master plan”, that God is the master planner. It is a critical part of how Evangelicals view life. Evangelicals define their life in the following manner. They believe that God has a specific function for them. That God has a specific role for them to full-fill. Evangelicals feel they have a specific ministry or calling.

Evangelicals believe that this calling is to benefit others. Evangelicals see their life not just merely as a life, but as a calling. They believe that this calling should be pursued, passionately (Eph. 6:6 ), with all your “heart”.

Evangelicals see and define their lives and careers as a mission. That mission is to create great value for other people. In a global market context, this is not simple. It takes dedication and creativity, which is why many brands fail globally. Resources are limited in Third World markets. People who work in these positions must be diligent in creating value in Third World markets. This is why the mindset of Evangelicals will be critical in developing new markets, especially in Africa. Each evangelical believes that they have a mission that has to be full-filled. This is why the life skills of an Evangelical create great skill sets.

This article is written to non-Evangelicals. In many quarters evangelicals are portrayed in the wrong light. The drives of the Evangelical make them great teammates in creating value in complex global markets. These markets are critical to the success of the average Fortune 500 company. To succeed in these markets it requires passion and a sense of mission. This is why that I hope after reading this article the reader will embrace their Evangelical teammates and not feel ambivalent toward them. If the reader is in a position to hire for global assignments, it is my hope that the reader will appreciate the skill set that an Evangelical has. I firmly believe that Evangelicals are and will be a critical factor in the future development of emerging economies.

Chile: The Underrated Emerging Market

When investors think of emerging markets, they often think of the BRIC countries of Brazil, India, Russia, and China. The nation of Chile, however, has a lot more going towards it than the recent catastrophe of trapped miners. Chile is an under looked developing economy that has grown to become one of the most stable and prosperous economies in Latin America. With a stable free market friendly government, its position as one of the world’s top mining sectors, low inflation, and high economic growth, Chile is an emerging market that will outperform the indexes of the developed world and possibly the some of the BRIC countries.

First the Chilean government structure is stable and very friendly to investors. According the Heritage Foundation index of economic freedom, Chile is most economically free country in South America. Chile is also noted for having the highest GDP per capita and lowest corruption rates in Latin America. For investors, stability and consumer purchasing power allows business to grow and consumers to add to the economy beyond living expenses. Unlike China and India which have instability due to autocratic regimes or inter-ethnic violence, Chile is a stable democracy with no strife. With a low debt to GDP ratio 6.1%, and a privatized social security system, neither government spending nor future entitlement liabilities will put an anchor to growth as seen in Western nations and Japan. Also, Chile has favorable investment law that does not distinguish foreign investors from Chilean citizens. Being a stable society with lack of government burden and openness to free trade and foreign investment are policy strengths that bolster Chile above some its emerging market competitors for investing opportunities.

Chile’s high growth and production and exporting of hard assets such as copper also make it an attractive investment. As the world’s largest producer of copper, Chile has a strong mining sector that provides real value to the nation’s economy. Also with BRIC countries and the West heavily reinvesting in infrastructure, the need for copper wiring should boost the demand and price for copper to the benefit of Chile. Other important exports to Chile include gold, wine, and forestry products. Chile also has the most developed financial system in Latin America spurred by private pension system capital that needs to be invested. Overall, Chile is a leading producer of minerals in the globe and has plenty of growth opportunity in exporting commodities while continuing to expand its rapidly growing financial industry.

The best way for investors to invest in the Chilean economy is to buy Chilean ETFs. For those who lack the time and resources to research the competitive balance of Chilean firms against each other and to translate Spanish financial statements, these ETFs provide the best way to capitalize on the growth of Chilean business as a whole. The top Chilean ETFs available are the Aberdeen Chilean Fund (CH) and the iShares Chile Index (ECH). I personally recommend the Aberdeen Fund because it pays a much higher dividend yield (6.3% vs. 0.95%) and even with its recent acceleration in price is still trading at a bargain with a P/E ratio if 7.5.

Overall, Chile is possibly the most neglected emerging market with tremendous opportunity to growth in the next day. Free market policies, the low probability of civil disorder, and increasing commodity prices should propel the Chilean economy along with its South American neighbor Brazil as the top two emerging markets on the globe.