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Capital Small Finance Bank eyes Rs 14,000 crore of total business in FY24

Capital Small Finance Bank Limited is looking at its total business rising over Rs 14,000 crore by the end of current financial year on the back of growth in its advances led by MSME loans and mortgages. The Jalandhar-headquartered bank has also plans to expand its branch network by opening 20 more branches in the northern region. Capital Small Finance Bank started operations as the country’s first small finance bank in April, 2016 after conversion from Capital Local Area Bank.

Prior to conversion to the Small Finance Bank, Capital Local Area Bank had been operating since January 14, 2000. In the last financial year, the bank’s total business grew to Rs 12,000 crore with 12 per cent growth. “We are looking to grow our business to more than Rs 14,000 crore (by end of 2023-24),” Capital Small Finance Bank Limited chief financial officer Munish Jain said on Tuesday.

The bank’s total advances stood at Rs 5,507 crore with 17 per cent growth while its deposits stood at Rs 6,560.62 crore with a high share of CASA (current account savings account) book at 41.88 per cent of the total deposits. Jain said the bank’s advances are expected to grow by 22-24 per cent while profitability to rise by 25-30 per cent.

“Growth will be coming from MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) and mortgages including housing loans,” he said, adding that the bank is also extensively doing agricultural loans. The bank’s asset products primarily include agriculture loans, MSME and trading loans (working capital, machinery loans etc.) and mortgages (housing loans).

The bank also plans to increase its footprint in the northern region where it is mainly concentrated. “We will continue to expand our branch network. A minimum of 20 branches will add more in this fiscal,” said Jain.

The bank presently

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How An Information Company Adapts To AI

It’s widely known that to succeed with AI, a company needs to have some distinctive information. Wolters Kluwer, the Netherlands-based professional information, software solutions and services company that does business in over 180 countries today, has never lacked for that resource. It was founded in 1836 as a schoolbook publishing company, and over the years merged with other publishers and eventually began developing and acquiring digital information capabilities.

Nancy McKinstry, the CEO and Chair of Wolters Kluwer, became its leader in 2003. She began to transform Wolters Kluwer into an expert solutions company, hiring and developing experts with deep expertise in areas like healthcare, tax, risk and compliance, and legal. The company also created a global Digital eXperience Group (DXG) to help speed time-to-market and innovation in digital products, as well as a Global Business Services (GBS) group to provide strategic execution services. Today, the company’s revenues from publishing are less than 5% of the total—down from over 80% when McKinstry became CEO.

By the time AI became more prevalent in the late 2010s, Wolters Kluwer was well into the business of providing “expert solutions” to its customers. At this point there were hundreds of experts in various fields providing expertise to customers, and fortunately Wolters Kluwer captured the data on the advice it provided and the outcomes for the customer. One might notice that this is a perfect situation to begin modeling and predicting those outcomes with machine learning. By 2016, the company had created its first AI-enabled product: CCH IQ used machine learning to help tax service providers identify which clients are affected by changes in tax legislation, assess the impact of the changes on client tax returns, and understand opportunities for additional tax services to clients.

Building AI-Based Product

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How to buy a global $20bn company for nothing

Japan, declares tourist after tourist, investor after investor, is red hot. The yen is tumbling, the shopping is amazing, the stock market is flying, the sushi is cheap. It is also, perhaps, the only place in the world right now where you can buy a globally successful $20bn company for free.

And glorious though that notionally knockdown pricing sounds, it may yet spoil an important element of the party.

Like all good tricks, this so-far-hypothetical $20bn great gratis grab takes a bit of setting-up. For a start, to be the lucky buyer you have to be Toyota Motor — global carmaker supreme, Japan’s biggest company and embodiment of the reality that, while governance reform is happening apace, it is certainly not happening everywhere.

And second, you need to exist in a stock market that has, for decades, tolerated the self-evidently problematic phenomenon of listed companies’ “cross-holdings” of equity stakes in one another. Traditionally held as symbols of business friendship between companies, these stakes have acted as barriers against pushier shareholders and allowed poor management an ill-deserved cushion of complacency. True, the networks have been unwinding in recent years under government and shareholder pressure, but some pretty remarkable anomalies still exist.

Last week a large audience of visiting fund managers who had gathered in Tokyo took part in a thought experiment. Consider Toyota Industries — the world’s biggest manufacturer of forklift trucks and a major global player in weaving machinery. It is also, via the magic of cross-holdings, the single largest private sector owner of Toyota Motor shares. Toyota Industries’ 7.31 per cent stake in the parent (whose stock price has roughly doubled over the past decade) is currently worth $16.4bn, or roughly 85 per cent of the total market value of Toyota Industries.

But wait. Cross-holdings. Toyota Motor, in concert

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TD to build U.S. business brick by brick, after First Horizon setback

  • Focus on U.S. southeast, fast-growing cities
  • Sees growth opportunities in wealth management
  • Plans 18 store openings in U.S. this year, 150 by 2027

TORONTO, May 25 (Reuters) – Canada’s no.2 lender TD Bank Group (TD.TO) will push ahead with its U.S. expansion by focusing on organic growth, after its M&A-led strategy in the world’s biggest banking market suffered a setback this month, a top official told Reuters on Thursday.

TD has made U.S. growth a key priority as it deals with a saturated market at home and had pinned its hopes on $13.4 billion bid for regional lender First Horizon (FHN.N), but that was scrapped after hitting regulatory hurdles.

With about $18 billion in excess capital, it now plans to focus on opening branches and building its wealth business in the U.S., Chief Financial Officer Kelvin Tran said in the first comments since the First Horizon deal was pulled.

“In the U.S., we are still a relatively young bank. We have a lot of white spaces there,” Tran said.

“We continue to make referrals to our wealth business. That’s still a new business in the U.S. … So lots of opportunities still there in the U.S.,” he added.

The bank has not ruled out other acquisitions.

“When we look at deployment of capital, it’s about what we can invest to drive organic growth, we look at whether there are opportunities for M&A … and then also opportunities to return capital to shareholders,” Tran told Reuters.

TD announced plans to buy back 30 million shares along with its quarterly earnings that missed expectations.

The uncertainty of the First Horizon deal has weighed on TD shares, which are down more than 7% so far this year, compared with a 3.6% drop in TSX’s banks sub-index (.GSPTXBA).

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Tokio Marine Holdings outlines financial results

Tokio Marine Holdings outlines financial results | Insurance Business America

All business segments post lower net income

Tokio Marine Holdings outlines financial results

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Terry Gangcuangco

Tokio Marine Holdings has published its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2023 (fiscal year 2022).




Ordinary income

¥6.6 trillion

¥5.9 trillion

Ordinary profit

¥503.9 billion

¥567.4 billion

Net income attributable to owners of the parent

¥376.4 billion

¥420.5 billion


Highlighting the company’s efforts to expand its domestic and overseas operations, Tokio Marine reported an underwriting income of ¥5.6 trillion and investment income of ¥875.4 billion.

Across the board, however, all three segments – domestic non-life, domestic life, and international insurance – posted decreases in ordinary profit and net income attributable to owners of the parent.

Moving forward, Tokio Marine is expecting an improved set of numbers.

“The company’s consolidated business forecasts for the fiscal year 2023 are ¥750 billion for ordinary profit and ¥530 billion yen for net income attributable to owners of the parent,” Tokio Marine said. The forecasts are based on the following assumptions:

“Net premiums written and life insurance premiums are projected to be ¥4.6 trillion and ¥1 trillion, respectively. Net incurred losses related to natural catastrophes occurring during the period are projected to be ¥76 billion in Japan and ¥68 billion yen outside Japan.”

The insurance group is also not expecting significant changes in interest rates, stock market conditions, and exchange rates in FY23.

What do you think about Tokio Marine’s

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Business Cents Episode 9: How To Interpret Financial News & Why It’s Important

Welcome to Business Cents, the student focused show that focuses on money, issues related to money and how money works in our lives, hosted by MSU Denver professors Laurel Lane and Jessica Mace. Although discussions and lessons will be important to people studying Business, they will involve building blocks that can be applied to a wide range of fields and jobs.

This episode we expand on what we talked about last week regarding banks and explore some recent real life events that have happened in the news pertaining to them. Today, we talk about the recent collapse of SVB and Signature banks, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the housing crisis of 2008, the recent moves in inflation and interest rates, and what that means if the economy goes into recession. 

Show Notes:

Things we learned about Interpreting Financial news:

  1. Financial news stories can have a lot of relevance to everyday our lives even if we a) don’t use the financial institution in question or b) believe we partake in the affected industry (eg “venture capital” for a large portion of SVB’s client base)
  2. Even if financial news stories sound intimidating, sometimes it’s just a matter of vocabulary to help us understand a situation and use that knowledge to make informed decisions
  3. Some specifics regarding the three situations we covered:
    • FDIC insurance: bank accounts are insured against bank failures up to $250,000
    • Mortgages (and other lending): if it sounds too good to be true, it might be
    • Inflation: drives up the cost of goods, check with your employer to make sure your “cost of living increase” matches the increase in the cost of living
    • Interest rates: understand historical context of where rates are to make borrowing decisions (see link
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UK businesses in China call for regulatory clarity

Beijing needs to provide greater regulatory certainty on data security and other issues to help restore foreign investor confidence, the British Chamber of Commerce in China has warned.

A survey last month found sentiment among the chamber’s members had recovered from the depths of last December, with 8 per cent describing themselves as “pessimistic”, down from a record 42 per cent.

But six months after China abandoned draconian Covid-19 restrictions, 70 per cent of the chamber’s members were still adopting a wait-and-see attitude on new investments while they sought regulatory clarity, the business group said.

“There is some nervousness; it’s not just in individual sectors but across the board,” said Julian MacCormac, chair of the chamber, which on Tuesday released its 2023 position paper on British business in China.

The outgoing president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Jörg Wuttke, warned that foreign investors were cautious and uncertainty over data security and changes to espionage laws were dogging businesses.

China is seeking to encourage private businesses to begin investing again to stoke a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy, which grew at its slowest pace in decades last year because of rigid Covid controls.

But foreign businesses have complained of mixed signals from Beijing, which has cracked down on consultancies in recent weeks over allegations some of their work touched on issues of national security.

Geopolitical and trade tensions between the US and its allies and China have worsened the outlook. China this week announced it was blocking chips made by US company Micron from use in important information technology networks.

In its position paper, the British chamber provided a range of recommendations for improving the business environment, saying navigating data security and IT regulations in China ranked among the top challenges facing UK companies in the country.

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Ramp Launches Broad Set of AI-Powered Capabilities for Business Financial Management

Ramp, the leading finance automation platform helping 15,000+ businesses find time and money savings across transactions, bill payments, and accounting, today announced Ramp Intelligence: a suite of never-before-seen tools in financial services, driven by AI, designed to solve customer problems. The launch represents the most significant evolution of Ramp’s core time and money saving engine, with solutions powered by GPT-4 embedded throughout Ramp’s platform – including vendor price intelligence, an accounting copilot, contract extraction and negotiation, and automated accounting processes.

With these solutions, customers benefit from expenses that code themselves, dramatically faster and more accurate month-end closing processes, democratized software prices, and automated insight into business performance.

The functionality and impact of these products stand in stark contrast to the flurry of superficial “AI-washed” products to enter the market over the last six months. In fact, Ramp’s AI expertise has drawn the involvement of prominent AI experts as individuals investors and advisors, including Satya Nadella, Adam D’Angelo, Fidji Simo and Chris Re.

“Ramp has baked AI into the tool in a really thoughtful way,” says Laura Moreno, Senior Manager, Global Accounts Payable, Eventbrite. “Their automation allows us to move so much faster and remain focused on what really matters.”

Ramp is now applying AI’s power of historical pattern analysis to over $10 billion in aggregated spend data, so customers can benefit from the wisdom of the crowd to uncover cost-saving opportunities and make data-backed decisions.

“We believe generative AI will transform how businesses work. ” says Eric Glyman, CEO, Ramp. “With the launch of Ramp Intelligence, we are taking a significant step forward in democratizing over $10 billion in transaction data and leveraging it on behalf of companies to enhance pricing transparency, productivity, and improve their bottom lines. If we’re successful, it means a material drop in price discrimination. For

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What Is a Business? Understanding Different Types and Company Sizes

What Is a Business?

The term business refers to an organization or enterprising entity engaged in commercial, industrial, or professional activities. The purpose of a business is to organize some sort of economic production of goods or services. Businesses can be for-profit entities or non-profit organizations fulfilling a charitable mission or furthering a social cause. Businesses range in scale and scope from sole proprietorships to large, international corporations.

The term business also refers to the efforts and activities undertaken by individuals to produce and sell goods and services for profit.

Key Takeaways

  • A business is defined as an organization or enterprising entity engaged in commercial, industrial, or professional activities.
  • Businesses can be for-profit entities or non-profit organizations.
  • Business types range from limited liability companies to sole proprietorships, corporations, and partnerships.
  • Some businesses run as small operations in a single industry while others are large operations that spread across many industries around the world.
  • Apple and Walmart are two examples of well-known, successful businesses.

Understanding Business

The term business often refers to an entity that operates for commercial, industrial, or professional reasons. The concept begins with an idea and a name, and extensive market research may be required to determine how feasible it is to turn the idea into a business.

Businesses often require business plans before operations begin. A business plan is a formal document that outlines the company’s goals and objectives and lists the strategies and plans to achieve these goals and objectives. Business plans are essential when you want to borrow capital to begin operations.

Determining the legal structure of the business is an important factor to consider, since business owners may need to secure permits and licenses and follow registration requirements to begin legal operations. Corporations are considered to be juridical persons in many countries, meaning that

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Should You Buy First Business Financial Services Inc (FBIZ) Stock on Friday?

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Friday, May 19, 2023 11:08 AM | InvestorsObserver Analysts

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Should You Buy First Business Financial Services Inc (FBIZ) Stock on Friday?

The market has been high on First Business Financial Services Inc (FBIZ) stock recently. FBIZ gets a Bullish score from InvestorsObserver Stock Sentiment Indicator.

Sentiment Score - ,bullish
First Business Financial Services Inc has a Bullish sentiment reading. Find out what this means for you and get the rest of the rankings on FBIZ!

What is Stock Sentiment?

When making investment decisions, sentiment gives a good overview of what stocks investors currently favor. Sentiment incorporates short-term technical analysis into its score and does not encompass any fundamental analysis such as profitability of the company. This means that earnings updates and other news can greatly impact overall sentiment.

Changes in price are generally the best indicator of sentiment for a particular stock. At its core, a stock’s trend indicates whether current market sentiment is bullish or bearish. Investors must be bullish if a stock is trending upward, and are bearish if a stock is moving down.

InvestorsObserver‘s Sentiment Indicator factors in both price changes and variations in volume. An increase in volume usually means a current trend is stengthening, while a drop in volume tends to signal a reversal to the ongoing trend.

Our system also uses the options market in order to receive additional signals on current sentiments. We take into account the ratio of calls and puts for a stock since options allow an investor to bet on future changes in price.

What’s Happening With FBIZ Stock Today?

First Business Financial Services Inc (FBIZ) stock is trading at $27.75 as of 10:17 AM on Friday, May 19, a rise of $0.62, or 2.27% from the previous closing price of $27.13. The stock has traded between $27.53 and $28.15 so far today. Volume today is light. So far

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