7 interesting brands to watch at TNW2020

Laveta Brigham

Although we’ve spent a big chunk of this year at home, that hasn’t kept innovators down. In fact, a lot of your most loved and followed brands have taken this time to debut new ideas and products that will break boundaries, disrupt outdated processes, and offer original solutions for the new normal we’re now entering.

Over 100 brands are set to showcase what’s been going on behind the scenes and take part in some of the biggest tech debates of our age at this year’s TNW2020.

Here are just a few on our radar this year.

Huawei

This year Huawei became one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. But to stay in the lead, it will need to offer up some exciting new ideas this year. And that’s exactly what we’re expecting from Global Chief Brand Officer Andrew Garrihy’s TNW session on seamless connected living.

Love your

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5 tech trends that will redefine finance in the next 5 years

Laveta Brigham

As one of the most ancient tenets of human societies, money and finance have been constantly evolving with advances in technology and science. As technology continues to take leaps and bounds and permeates every aspect of life, we can expect banking and finance to change.

So, how will technology transform financial services in the next few years? We asked experts to share their perspectives, and here are six trends we think are worth watching.

Natural language processing

The past decade has seen tremendous advances in natural language processing, the field of artificial intelligence that extracts meaning and context from spoken and written language. Natural Language Processing (NLP) provides an unprecedented opportunity to obtain value from Word and PDF documents, emails, chat logs, social media posts, and the vast amounts of unstructured data that constitute much of the web.

In the world of finance, we’re already seeing the

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Why breaking your mortgage early for lower rates won’t save you money

Laveta Brigham

A growing number of homeowners are asking about breaking mortgage early for lower rates (Getty Images)
A growing number of homeowners are asking about breaking mortgage early for lower rates (Getty Images)

Record low mortgage rates might make breaking your term early seem enticing, but the penalty costs will wipe out the potential savings.

Variable mortgage rates have fallen over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, following a string of interest rate cuts by the Bank of Canada. Fixed rates are also lower because of market forces pushing bond yields lower. 

According to Ratehub, mortgage shoppers will find better deals on 5-year variable mortgages at around 1.6 per cent, compared to around 1.64 per cent for fixed. 

Unless you are able to renew your mortgage at more favourable rates, current homeowners are locked out of the potential savings. That leaves breaking your mortgage early.

Online mortgage agency Nesto says there’s been an increased interest in breaking early in 2020, especially in August.

“Before the pandemic, most

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Middle East and North Africa Digital Payments Market Latest Advancements, Trends and Huge Business Opportunities 2020 to 2025

Laveta Brigham

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sep 29, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
The Middle East and North Africa Digital Payments Market report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides an in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies. We analyzed the impact of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) on the product industry chain based on the upstream and downstream markets, on various regions and major countries and on the future development of the industry are pointed out.

The Middle East & North Africa Digital Payments Market is expected to CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period 2020 –

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Trump Deflects Questions About Taxes, but First Debate Has a New Issue

Laveta Brigham

President Donald Trump during an event at the White House in Washington, Sept. 23, 2020. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times)
President Donald Trump during an event at the White House in Washington, Sept. 23, 2020. (Oliver Contreras/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — The disclosure that President Donald Trump paid little or no federal income taxes for years, including while in the White House, convulsed the presidential campaign on Monday with only five weeks to go and immediately scrambled the equation and stakes of the first debate to be held on Tuesday night.

While Trump tried to deflect the news about his taxes, and his Republican allies generally kept their silence, Democrats pounced and former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s presidential candidate, posted a video noting that the president paid less in income taxes than everyday Americans like teachers, firefighters and nurses.

The report in The New York Times, published online on Sunday evening and in print on Monday, revealed that Trump paid no federal income taxes for 11 of

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Online Video Advertisement Market 2019 Emerging Trends and Technology- Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc

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Sep 29, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
“Global Online Video Advertisement Market: Size, Trends & Forecasts (2019-2023)”

The New report includes a detailed study of Global Online Video Advertisement Market. It is the result of a comprehensive research carried out keeping in mind the different parameters and trends dominating the global Online Video Advertisement Market.

Global Online Video Advertisement Market provides in-depth analysis of the global online video advertisement, with detailed analysis of market size and growth. The report provides analysis of the advertisement market by value, online advertisement market by value & by segment, online video advertisement market by value & by region. The report further provides detailed regional analysis of the online video advertisement market by value.

Top Key Players in the Market:

Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc. and CBS Corporation

Latest News

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NTT to Take Mobile Unit Docomo Private for $38 Billion

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) — Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. plans to turn its wireless carrier unit NTT Docomo Inc. into a wholly owned subsidiary, a move that may help Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s policy push to lower phone tariffs.

NTT will pay 3,900 yen a share to acquire the shares it doesn’t already hold, the companies said in a statement. The buyout is worth around 4.25 trillion yen ($40 billion), a more than 40% premium to Monday’s closing price in Tokyo. Given that parent NTT already controls 66% of the wireless carrier, any proposal is all but guaranteed to pass.

Docomo’s board said it’s in favor of the takeover by its parent, which will fund the purchase through borrowings. The tender offer, the largest for a Japanese company in history, is scheduled to start Sept. 30 and will be completed in the fiscal year ending March 31. When NTT spun out Docomo

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5 facts about consumers and online car shopping

Laveta Brigham

There’s no question that the world of automotive has witnessed massive change lately. Fueled by COVID shutdowns, online car buying is now mainstream. Locating the perfect car is now, in many ways, easier and more personalized experience than ever before. More and more, the automotive industry has become geared toward digital.

A recent study from KBB.com parent Cox Automotive, reveals just how comfortable people are shopping for a car online.

“With the industry’s increased focus on digital retailing, we wanted to know how consumers prefer to find, research, and purchase vehicles in the online space,” said Sonia Kher, a research manager at Cox Automotive. “We wanted to understand shoppers’ experience levels with digital retailing, their attitudes and comfort levels with various steps of the online car-buying process, and any barriers that might make it more difficult for them to buy online.” Here are five things to know about online car

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Immersive Technology to Reimagine Online Shopping Experience and Increase Consumer Purchasing Confidence, According to New Accenture Interactive Report

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The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Consumers are at a tipping point for immersive experiences in digital commerce found new global research released today from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The report reveals immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and 3D content can enhance consumer purchasing confidence and increase online sales.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200922005169/en/

Produced by Accenture Interactive and based on a survey of more than 3,000 consumers across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the report — “Try It. Trust It. Buy It.” — notes that the recent impact of COVID-19 has drastically shifted consumer behavior, with shoppers now embracing new immersive technologies related to online shopping. In fact, 47% of consumers said these technologies make them feel connected with products.

The report suggests that as companies increase their focus on these technologies — 64%

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