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The coating will be sprayed on airport surfaces and furniture at Helsinki Airport, such as check-in counters, machines, departure gates and toilet facilities.
Finavia has begun using nanotechnology-based coating solution that destroys viruses and bacteria from airport surfaces and furniture at Helsinki Airport (HEL).
Following successful trials of the technology throughout the summer, Finavia has now adopted the coating, developed by technology company Nanoksi Finland, which will be sprayed on targets such as check-in counters, machines, departure gates and toilet facilities.
According to the airport, the coating is long-lasting, even though the furniture is wiped several times a day.
Sami Kiiskinen, Finavias Vice President, Airport Development for Helsinki Airport, says: We are continuously keeping track of new methods and products to ensure a high level of hygiene at the airport. This nanotechnology-based coating, which is sprayed on contact surfaces and furniture, makes it easier to keep surfaces clean. The coating destroys pathogens with the help of light and air.
In an airport environment, its important that the chosen surface materials are durable, easy to clean and dirt-resistant. Choices related to efficient cleaning are taken into account already at the terminals design stage. This is one reason why the airport has a lot of glass and metal surfaces that are easy to keep clean.
From the onset of the pandemic, Finavia has introduced a number of enhanced cleaning and disinfection initiatives, such as a security control tray cleaning device with UVC light technology.
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Henry Rollins has joined the cast of the sci-fi animation series NEW-GEN, currently in pre-production. Rollins will play series villain Deadalus. The series is being produced by J.D. and Chris Matonti and Julia Coppola of A.P.N.G. Enterprises and is based on the superhero comic book series distributed by Marvel Comics.
Rollins is known for many things: punk rock icon, spoken word poet, actor, author, and DJ. He currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW. In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channels H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Dont Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries. His acting credits include the animated Masters of the Universe and the acclaimed series Sons of Anarchy.
"We are thrilled that Henry Rollins is joining our all-star NEW-GEN cast, shared creator/director J.D. Matonti. Henry will portray our master villain Deadalus, a brilliant, tormented nanotech-scientist exiled from NEW-GEN to The Underworld where he plots his revenge.
Rollins, represented by CAA, joins previously announced cast members Lena Headey, Luke Wilson, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Wolfhard, and Anya Chalotra.
NEW-GEN is about twin brothers (to be voiced by Finn Wolfhard & Nick Wolfhard) who live as ordinary teenagers and nanotech enhanced superheroes. It is a futuristic utopia where human beings, alien creatures, and mechanical life-forms peacefully co-exist. Designed and built with nanotechnology, NEW-GEN balances nature and technology, weaving together an ecologically sustainable paradise. Its existence becomes threatened by a nanotech war and heroes from Earth and NEW-GEN are called to defeat the encroaching evil.
Created by A.P.N.G.s J.D. Matonti, Chris Matonti and Coppola, NEW-GENs writer/showrunner is Brent Friedman, whose credits include the Star Wars franchise, Halo 4, Call of Duty, Resident Evil, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Tale from the Borderlands. It is co-written by Eugene Son, who has worked on many superhero franchises, including Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ben 10, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hulk and The Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
In addition, Ken West, former CFO of Marvel has joined as advisor to the board of A.P.N.G.
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Kaolin is an ore composed of hydrated aluminium silicates, such as kaolinite and halloysite. Used in ceramics, paint, plastics and many other products.
Andromeda Metals has upgraded its Streaky Bay pilot plant at the Great White project in South Australia as the company eyes its first commercial production of halloysite-kaolin.
The pilot plant was upgraded to replicate the proposed Great White wet processing plant and includes new screening and hydro-cyclones.
It comes as Andromeda commences a bulk sample drilling program at Great White, to provide material for multiple projects in the halloysite market.
The drilling will provide approximately 1.5 tonnes of high-purity halloysite-kaolin to Andromeda and joint venture company Minotaur Explorations collectively-owned Natural Nanotech.
In partnership with University of Newcastles Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), Natural Nanotech will undertake research and development into new technology applications of halloysite nanotubes.
Great White halloysite-kaolin has previously been successfully synthesised by GICAN to create advanced nanomaterials to specifically adsorb CO2 from a mixture of gases.
Up to 1.1 tonne of CO2 per tonne of material has been achieved and work is ongoing to target the capture of two tonnes of CO2 per tonne of material.
This is in addition to Andromedas current definitive feasibility studies for its Great White CRM (ceramics) and Great White PRM (coatings) products.
Andromeda has already produced 70 kilograms of ultrabright, high-purity Great White PRM product as marketing samples for its offtake partners.
Halloysites have also shown potential to benefit applications in technology, medicine, agriculture, cosmetics and environmental remediation.
Andromeda will also aim to improve the purity of its halloysites with the installation of a new pilot-scale kaolin processing centrifuge at Streaky Bay.
In June, Andromeda signed an offtake agreement for 70,000 tonnes per annum of high-purity kaolin from Great White.
Large commodity trading house, Chinese-based Jiangsu Mineral Sources International Trading (MSI), locked in with Andromeda for an initial five-year term.
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Education is the ticket to self-reliance and financial independence for women in South Asia – Moneycontrol.com
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Faiza Yousuf is the founder of WomenInTechPK, the biggest tech community for women technologists in Pakistan.
Education is the only way towards a better life, says Faiza Yousuf, founder of WomenInTechPK, the biggest tech community for women technologists in Pakistan.
For women in South Asia, especially, education is their ticket towards self-reliance and financial independence. I think everyone, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, and abilities, should get equal opportunities for getting an education as well as to be financially independent, says the young Karachi-based changemaker.
Her organisation has been making waves in the local tech industry due to its programmes and activism. A postgraduate from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Faiza completed the World Bank-funded programme WomenXPakistan and currently leads the product development wing for software development company Genetech Solutions. Her project portfolio includes programmes with USAID, UNEquals, and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, among others.
Speaking with quiet, unassuming resolve, Faiza expresses her passion for education, seeing it as a ladder, even a magic wand that solves problems not just the basic ones of livelihoods or for fulfilling basic survival necessities, but also social issues.
Pursuing the path of education has changed my life, and the lives of numerous other people that I know, says Faiza.(She will be speaking at eShes South Asia Union Summit Led by Womenon October 3, 2021.)
Faiza finds that the South Asian social culture or belief system has prevented many women from gravitating towards careers in technology despite having the aptitude, although a change is slowly creeping in to counter this mindset. Women are usually encouraged to become teachers, nurses, doctors, and in most cases, homemakers. These professions are an extension of the roles women stereotypically play in societies and families as caregivers, she says.
Her organisation is trying to change this limited mindset: Getting a career in a field like technology has significant barriers, and one of the barriers that we are trying to break is not investing in girls technical education.
Faizas community-funded coding and business skills boot-camp CodeGirls teaches coding skills to girls and women in Karachi who have never had the opportunity to get technical education and proper mentoring. We have so far placed nearly 150 women in the local tech ecosystem, she says.
For Faiza, her work at WomenInTechPK started quite organically with a Facebook community, four years ago. Since then, it has turned into a nonprofit organisation. We do advocacy, collaboration, mentoring, content creation, and skill-based programmes focused on diversity and inclusion, mainly in the technology ecosystem in Pakistan. We have over 9,000 women members, and the community is a happening place for both existing and aspiring women in tech.
CodeGirls has received immense support from both local and international tech sectors in the form of sponsorships, outreach, and work opportunities. Their other popular programme is CryptoChicks Pakistan, which does blockchain and AI hackathons and runs online education programs for the CryptoChicks HQ in Canada.
Faiza sits on the Pakistan Software House Associations Diversity Committee, and WomenInTechPK plays an important part in the national discourse on diversity and inclusion in tech.
The organisation has also hosted focus groups, roundtables, and produced research and content with the sole purpose of improving gender parity in the tech ecosystem. The tech industry has a better payscale and better facilities than many others, and the industry can definitely use some gender parity, she says.
Her vision of transforming education in Pakistan is practical, clear, and centres around teachers, whom she considers building blocks of the entire education system. A good teacher has the potential to change lives, says Faiza, who often dons the cap of a teacher, trainer, and visiting professor for various local universities.
She believes education should be geared towards creative and analytical thinking as well as towards play and learn methodologies. The inclusion of coding skills would have been an excellent decision. I also believe that students should be taught in a blended way, both online and offline, as well as both in and outside the classroom, she shares.
In a region like South Asia where parents exert tremendous control over their childrens lives especially decisions about education and career, Faiza says theres a lot to learn from the European education system, which can be localised and adopted to the regional context. Focusing on low-hanging fruits such as replacing rote learning with creativity and also creating a culture of reading will bring about an immediate and positive impact, she suggests.
A South Asian Union on the lines of the European Union will benefit the education system in the entire region too. Faiza has a wishlist of some common elements in education that she hopes to see introduced in all South Asian countries: I hope there is increased mobility, especially for education and work so that we see more exchanges and learn from each others best practices. Another thing I wish for is free specialised or university-level education for all, since a large chunk of our population cannot afford private higher education. And I really hope we move from rote-learning to creativity and analytical thinking in the future. We must focus on learning productivity and self-learning too.
The governments, she says, must step in and take responsibility for changing the way people think by encouraging education and technology training for girls. Active investment in women-focused initiatives and running awareness campaigns will not just change lives of individuals, especially women in South Asia, but also catapult our region to a prominent and powerful position in the globe, she says.
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When he was 30, Yuiki Hotaka bid farewell to Japans notoriously long working hours and crowded commutes forever.
He wasnt merely quitting his job at a Mitsubishi group company he had worked for since graduating university. He was retiring after saving around 70 million ($637,000) in financial assets. Based on his calculations, that would allow him to live off stock dividends for the rest of his life and pursue his interests and hobbies: Farming, hiking and enlightening readers of his blog about the alternative lifestyle he practices known as FIRE an acronym that stands for financial independence, retire early.
To me, its more about securing time and freedom rather than money, says Hotaka, who now lives in the countryside in the Kanto region. I didnt want to spend my life tied to the corporate office.
Hotaka is among the pioneers of the nations FIRE movement a U.S.-born concept embraced mainly by millennials that involves minimizing ones expenses to maximize savings while accruing income-generating investments.
Despite the idea being around for a few decades, it has been rapidly gaining attention in Japan over the past year as a means of being liberated from the daily grind perhaps a reflection of the economic uncertainty many young professionals harbor as a result of nearly three decades of chronic deflation and low growth, a sentiment exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
More than a dozen books have been published in Japanese on the phenomenon, including one Hotaka himself has penned. Those who have fired also share their experiences in magazine articles as well as on their blogs and other social media platforms, often amassing hordes of followers interested in learning about the movement.
So how do people achieve FIRE? Proponents of the philosophy often refer to the 25x rule and 4% rule. The former helps estimate the total amount of money one needs to save for retirement, while the latter is the theoretical amount a retiree can withdraw from their portfolio in the first year of retirement and then withdraw the same amount, adjusted for inflation, for at least 30 years without running out of money. The figures are based on how multiplying 4% of something by 25 will get 100% of the original value.
In Japan, the 4% rule is often described as income generated from investments, with popular options including high-yield dividend stocks that arent as affected by short-term stock price volatility. For example, if a persons monthly living expenses came to 300,000, that would total 3.6 million annually. If one can manage to accumulate assets worth 90 million and garner a 4% annual return, they will technically be earning the equivalent of their living expenses without depleting their portfolio.
Hotaka says he invests heavily in high-yield and dividend growth U.S. stocks and managed to collect an average of around 200,000 a month after taxes from returns by the time he left his job in 2019. He says his assets have since topped 100 million, thanks to royalties from his book and income from writing gigs and advertisements on his blog. Hes enjoying a laid-back lifestyle now, helping out local farmers in his spare time for minimum wage.
I do it for the experience, not the money, he says. The rent is also cheaper out in the countryside compared to Tokyo.
Yuiki Hotaka says his assets have topped 100 million since he left his job in 2019, thanks to royalties from his book and income from writing gigs and advertisements on his blog. | COURTESY OF YUIKI HOTAKA
The personal finance strategy, however, is not for the indulgent since its based on the premise that one aggressively builds their nest egg during a relatively short period of time.
Hotaka, for example, says he saved around 80% of his income and significantly cut down on expenses while preparing for FIRE. He adopted a frugal consumption habit, avoiding buying products from convenience stores that are generally more expensive than supermarkets and carrying around a thermos instead of purchasing bottles of water.
For those who want to maintain a more typical standard of living, theres also side FIRE or barista FIRE, for example, which refers in Japan to those who take on side jobs and start small businesses to support themselves while pursuing early retirement. But whatever its called, opting out of the workforce well before retirement age seems like a radical prospect in a nation traditionally known for its lifetime employment system.
Fueling the trend may be the fear of retirement poverty as permanent jobs disappear and wage growth is limited, says Shunsuke Yamazaki, a financial planner who frequently writes about the FIRE movement in Japan.
An oft-cited 2019 panel report by the Financial Services Agency estimated that a couple who will live until 95 years old 30 years after retirement will need at least 20 million more than what their pension benefits will provide as the nation rapidly ages.
While the government effectively withdrew the report and played down this figure, I believe the incident was a wake-up call for the public, and a reminder that each individual needs to be more alert and proactive about securing adequate retirement funds, Yamazaki says.
In the meantime, a set of bills urging businesses to let employees work until 70 took effect in April as the nation seeks to expand the working population to cover rising social security costs in an era of 100-year lifespans.
Its not a very promising landscape from the perspective of young workers looking ahead, Yamazaki says. They must be asking themselves, Do I need to toil away for the rest of my life?
Advocates say that FIRE offers a chance to exit the rat race.
Last fall, Okeydon who uses a pseudonym to protect his privacy left the company he had worked at for 25 years after amassing approximately 100 million in assets.
In a book outlining his experiences, Okeydon says he left the company he had worked at for 25 years after amassing approximately 100 million in assets. | COURTESY OF OKEYDON
The 47-year-old now lives with his parents in the Kansai region, and says he earns on average around 350,000 a month: 100,000 from stock dividends, and the rest from writing assignments, his blog and the royalties from a book he published this year about FIRE, among other income streams.
In my late 30s, a retirement age system was introduced at my firm that would have cut my salary by 20% at the age of 55. In addition, regular working hours were extended, which was effectively a wage cut, he says. These things gradually affected my motivation to work, while I realized that investing in stocks would likely bring in more money than hoping for wage hikes.
Okeydon says he has been buying Japanese stocks since he was 25, and has since invested in a variety of shares, from growth and high-dividend stocks to small-cap and large-cap stocks.
He says he became aware of the FIRE movement when he was 39, and started buying foreign shares on the back of the U.S. stock markets bull run. He now invests in 17 countries and territories around the world, focusing on high-yield and dividend growth stocks in Japan and the United States.
The newfound freedom has allowed him to take care of his sick father and be more attentive to household needs, something that wasnt possible when he was a corporate employee.
I used to work my tail off when I was younger, convinced that a happy old age would be waiting for me if I made it to retirement. But despite giving it my best and being commended for my work, my salary didnt increase. Only my workload did, he says. I realized that I was harboring an illusion. Employees can no longer depend on their companies to take care of them. Perhaps thats whats driving people toward FIRE.
True, wage growth in Japan has been stagnant since the asset price bubble burst in the early 1990s. According to data from the labor ministry, inflation-adjusted real wages fell 1.2% in the whole of 2020, down for a second straight year and marking the fastest pace of decline since 2014 as the pandemic batters the economy.
The infrastructure surrounding asset management, however, has substantially improved over the past several decades, says Yamazaki, the financial planner.
The fees and other hurdles for investing in stocks, for example, were much higher when those in their 70s now were in their 40s and 50s, he says.
The government has also been promoting a shift from savings to investments, introducing private retirement products such as iDeCo, short for individual-type defined contribution pension plan, and a small-lot, tax-free investment program called the installment-type Nippon Individual Savings Account.
In a report titled Japans Asset Management Business 2020/2021, Nomura Research Institute describes how Japanese households have traditionally been wary of shifting their assets out of saving deposits to investment trusts or other investment products.
But that habit is changing, with more and more people starting to invest in risk markets in regular installments, it says. With securities investments public image improving households professionally managed assets will definitely grow over the long term.
The FIRE movement is a U.S.-born concept embraced mainly by millennials that involves minimizing ones expenses to maximize savings while accruing income-generating investments. | GETTY IMAGES
Still, the FIRE movement may not be for everyone. Intense frugality is called for to save at the rate necessary to retire early. Achieving financial independence will also require an income large enough to cover regular expenses while saving, and theres always the possibility of unexpected setbacks health issues, job changes and so on derailing plans.
I understand the appeal of being free from work and financial worries, but doubt that its a lifestyle many can adopt, says Yuki Honda, a professor at the University of Tokyo and an expert on the youth labor market.
Wages arent rising and many younger workers are struggling to make a living. A fair amount of knowledge on financial markets is also imperative for the practice to yield results, she says. Is FIRE the right answer for those dreaming of escaping the vicious cycle of work life? I dont know.
Theres also the fear of a looming stock market crash. Hotaka says his portfolio took a hit when the stock market tumbled last year due to pandemic-induced panic selling, but has recouped his losses by investing primarily in U.S. stocks during the downturn. He has since cashed out a chunk of his assets.
At one point, around 90% of my assets were investments, but Ive cut down on that ratio to prepare myself for the unexpected, he says. And even if my assets became valueless, I think I can live with it. Ive learned a lot by adhering to this lifestyle. Im sure Ill be able to make a living somehow.
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If youd invested $1,000 into Apple stock when it first went public back in 1980, you know what it would be worth today? About $1.2 million. Thats an annual rate of return of close to 20%.
Obviously, not all stocks are home runs like Apple, but theres no reason to stay on the sidelines while you watch companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon double and triple in value.
The good news is that you no longer have to have a ton of money to get into the stock market. With an investing app called Stash, you can invest in virtually any company with as little as $1. So your $1,000 can easily buy you a diversified portfolio of companies.
Of course, stocks sometimes go down as well as up, so stay informed and dont put so much into the stock market that it stresses you out. Dont get ahead of yourself.
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It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up, and you could be well on your way to reaping the benefits of owning a chunk of a major corporation.
Plus, youll get a $5 welcome bonus after you deposit $5 into your account.
Are you earning as much interest on your savings as you could be? The national average annual percentage yield (APY) among savings accounts is a puny 0.06%. At that rate, a balance of $10,000 earns just $6 a year!
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Albert Einstein is widely credited for calling compound interest the most powerful force in the universe, and it's easy to see why. A few big winners can supercharge your portfolio and set you on a path to financial independence. For instance, $100 invested in a stock that doubles becomes $200; but at that point, the stock price only needs to rise 50% to add another $100 to the total sum. In other words, the baseline changes as the stock price rises, meaning you start earning money on your earnings.
However, the magic of compounding doesn't happen overnight. It requires patience and a long-term mindset. Building on that idea, we asked three Motley Fool contributors to pick tech stocks that could grow threefold over the next five years. Keep reading to see why CarParts.com (NASDAQ:PRTS),CrowdStrike Holdings(NASDAQ:CRWD), and Teladoc Health (NYSE:TDOC) made the list.
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Jeremy Bowman (CarParts.com):E-commerce has been the source of numerous monster stocks. Of the bunch,Amazonis the best known, but companies like MercadoLibre, Shopify, Etsy, andWayfair have all made investors rich as online retail continues to grab share from tradition channels.
That's one reason why investors should take a closer look at CarParts.com. If you're looking for a stock that could triple in the next five years, the pure-play auto parts e-commerce stock could be it. CarParts.com has a market cap worth less than $1 billion currently, but is chasing an addressable market worth $500 billion. As the larger e-commerce companies did before it, CarParts.com is helping the auto parts market shift from brick-and-mortar sales to e-commerce.
The company is targeting long-term revenue growth of 20% to 25% and an adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or EBITDA, margin of 8% to 10%. Recent growth has been strong but demand has outstripped supply. The company is remedying that by expanding a warehouse in Texas, opening one in Florida, and adding another in the Northeast next year. The company now has more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space and growing, and each new expansion helps shorten delivery times and improve inventory and selection, creating a virtuous cycle that brings more customers into its ecosystem.
While the direct tailwinds from the pandemic may be fading, the average age of a car on the road in the U.S. is now 12 years, meaning demand for replacement parts will be elevated for the foreseeable future. The company is also beta testing a mobile mechanic, sending someone to your house to install the parts you ordered from CarParts.com, another sign of its potential as a disruptor.
The stock also has the potential to be a three-bagger because it's still affordable at a price-to-sales ratio of less than 1.5, giving it plenty of room for multiple expansion. If CarParts.com can deliver on its long-term guidance, its stock should be significantly higher in a few years.
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Eric Volkman (CrowdStrike Holdings): CrowdStrike is hardly the cheapest stock, either on a raw share price level or by valuation. But it's an effective and highly admired operator in a hot sector that will scorch for years to come. So I'm confident it can be a three-bagger no matter how high its current numbers go.
CrowdStrike is a cybersecurity company whose anchor product, the Falcon security platform, is a cloud-based solution. There are a host of advantages to this. An important one is that it makes for relatively quick and painless adoption by clients, who benefit from not having to install and run traditional on-site security solutions.
Another huge plus is that the Falcon platform is modular. This not only makes it easy for clients to add functionalities as their security needs expand, but also provides low-hanging fruit for the company to increase revenue from those additions.
CrowdStrike also relies on the subscription model. This is appealing for investors, as it provides the company with a steady revenue stream that's also durable -- after all, it's unwise to let the payments to your solutions provider lapse, particularly in the business-critical cybersecurity space.
The company has been attracting droves of clients. During the most recent quarter, CrowdStrike added 1,660 net new subscriptions, bringing the total to 13,080 customers. Meanwhile, that recurring subscription revenue investors love comprised nearly all (93.5%) of the $337.7 million total revenue for the period -- which, by the way, represented a mighty 70% increase on a year-over-year basis.
Looking back on the past few years, CrowdStrike has been a paragon of rapid revenue growth; from just under $53 million in 2017, the company shot to $874 million in fiscal 2021.
That's great, but some investors may be concerned by the company's lack of profitability. Yes, CrowdStrike is still well in the red according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but losses have been narrowing lately. In 2021, the $93 million loss was a great improvement over the $130 million-plus losses during the three preceding years. That's largely because the company's revenue growth is now outpacing that of selling, general, and administrative expenses, an encouraging sign.
Still, the company continues to shovel capital into research and development, keeping it on the cusp of cutting-edge technology in a rapidly changing field. This strategy seems to be working, as Falcon generally gets very high marks from users and other cybersecurity experts. The good reputation the company has built should keep attracting those subscription-paying and module-adding customers.
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Trevor Jennewine (Teladoc Health): Teladoc is a tech-powered healthcare company. Its virtual-first platform allows patients to engage in remote visits with clinicians, and its product portfolio ranges from general health and wellness to acute and chronic care.
Last year, the pandemic put this company on the map; the share price skyrocketed 138% in 2020. However, the stock has underperformed the broader market this year, and it currently sits 56% below its all-time high. What changed? Growth has slowed, so many investors have labeled Teladoc as a "pandemic stock," but I think that's a mistake.
Teladoc makes healthcare cheaper and more convenient. During 2020, the median response time between a member's request and a telehealth visit was just 10 minutes, which is less time than you might spend in the waiting room during a traditional office visit (not to mention driving there and back). And for general medical appointments, Teladoc's clients save $472per visit compared to alternative solutions, according to Veracity Analytics.
Last December, Teladoc acquired Livongo, a company that specializes in chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and mental health conditions. This move expanded Teladoc's expertise in chronic care and reinforced its position as the most comprehensive telehealth platform, but it also added new patient data to Teladoc's artificial intelligence models. And over time, as it adds more members and collects more data, Teladoc's AI models should continuously drive better outcomes for all patients on the platform, creating a network effect.
During the most recent quarter, membership growth slowed to just 1%, but that's not surprising after the supercharged growth seen during the pandemic. Despite this, Teladoc still posted strong financial results. Total visits climbed 28% to 3.5 million, and the utilization rate reached 21.5%, up from 16% last year. As a result, revenue skyrocketed 109% to $503 million.
Teladoc is well positioned to maintain that momentum. Management puts the company's market opportunity at a $250 billion, leaving Teladoc with plenty of room to grow its business. More importantly, the value proposition is clear -- telehealth is more convenient and less costly. And given its strong competitive position, Teladoc should see strong demand in the years ahead. That's why this tech stock could triple by 2026.
This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the official recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. Were motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.
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New Silvernest Study Finds Growing Interest in Homesharing Among Americans Seeking To Earn in Retirement and Age in Place – PR Web
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Chart 2 Percentage of Homeowners Seeking Ways To Earn in Retirement
DENVER (PRWEB) September 29, 2021
A large segment of American homeowners is uncertain about their retirement finances and actively looking for new ways to earn money in retirement, according to a nationwide study released today by Silvernest. The study also found an increased interest in homesharing among older homeowners as a means to generate passive income, gain companionship and age in place. In fact, 88% reported that they'd like to remain in their homes as long as possible as they age.
The study of homeowners ages 55-85 reveals that 49% are worried they dont have enough or know they dont have enough set aside for retirement. Women are particularly uneasy about their retirement readiness, with 53% worried or unsure about their finances, compared to 43% of men. COVID-19 has also been financially detrimental for some, with one in 10 indicating that the pandemic forced them to eat into their retirement savings.
Many Working or Seeking To Work in RetirementA large segment of retirees is still working part time, presumably to maintain a sense of purpose as they age or to make up for retirement savings shortfalls. While 34% of those surveyed are fully retired, 27% report that they are holding down part-time jobs in retirement. Additionally, a sizeable 71% said they are actively seeking ways to earn extra income in retirement. This is surprising, considering that just one-fifth expressed an interest in pursuing an encore career.
Longevity is at an all-time high, which means retirement periods are now upward of 20 or 30 years. Thats not something people anticipated when they were younger, so were seeing more retirees looking at gig work, the sharing economy and other creative ways to boost their income and gain financial independence, said Silvernest President Riley Gibson.
Interest in Homesharing Swells, Driven by Economic Need and CompanionshipOne means to earn extra income and save in retirementhomesharingis seeing heightened interest. The study found that older homeowners are increasingly open to homesharing as a way to generate supplementary income, benefit from the companionship and remain in their homes as long as possible as they age.
Of those surveyed, 10% reported that they have been in a long-term homesharing arrangement in the past five years. However, nearly half (44%) said are open to the idea of homesharing and 26% said they are more likely to consider it now than they were five years ago.
A large percentage also has the ability to leverage their homes as assets through homesharing, with 50% indicating they have extra space in their homes that could be rented out. This correlates with a finder.com analysis of U.S. Census data suggesting there are 33.6 million spare rooms across the country.
Among those who have homeshared, most found the extra income and companionship to be the top benefits, cited by 90% and 55%, respectively. Splitting chores and peace of mind were also called out as important benefits by more than one-third of respondents. Those yet to homeshare ranked income as their top perceived benefit, with help around the house ranking second, companionship third and peace of mind fourth.
The nice thing about the extra income that can be generated through homesharing is that its passive income, so youre earning without having to put much effort into it, plus splitting household bills with someone, said Gibson. That said, our study shows the potential payoffs go far beyond these financial perks. Companionship is also viewed as a major benefit, partly because the number of solo agers is on the rise, but I also believe its because weve all experienced the pain of social isolation in recent months.
Altruism and Age Factor Into Willingness To HomeshareAmong the 44% who would consider homesharing, altruism and affinity play significant roles. More than three-quarters are open to homesharing with nurses, teachers, essential workers and/or Service Year members. And while 80% are willing to rent to a younger housemate, only 33% would consider renting to someone older than themselves, suggesting that ageism still presents some barriers in homesharing situations.
How Homeowners Would Use Homesharing IncomeSilvernest data shows that homeowners can earn an average of $10,000 a year from renting out unused space in their homes. Those surveyed were split in how they would use that regular income. One-quarter would allocate it to general living costs, 16% would use it to pad their retirement savings, 11% would put it toward mortgage payments, 9% would pay bills and 5% would make home modifications. Thirty-two percent noted that they would use it in other ways, potentially indicating a desire to use it for more wants vs. needs.
Among Housing Options, Aging in Place Most Attractive The study also looked at housing options and preferences and found a large majority (79%) of homeowners are looking to remain in their homes as they age. Approximately half are considering downsizing, 36% are considering retirement or age-restricted communities, and 31% are interested in village communities. However, there is also a good deal of uncertainty, with 36% saying theyre still trying to figure out a plan. Living in an assisted living facility or nursing home ranked at the bottom of the list.
Home Modifications Challenge Those Wanting To Age at HomeDespite the strong desire to age at home, about half dont feel prepared to do so. Fourteen percent indicated that major modifications would be needed, and another 29% said theyre either not ready or theyre unsure if theyre ready. On the other hand, one-quarter say they are prepared right now, and 32% only need to make minor modifications.
The full report can be accessed at: https://f.hubspotusercontent00.net/hubfs/2448101/Silvernest%20Study_Aging%20in%20Place%2c%20Retirement%20and%20Homesharing.pdf
The survey was conducted online in June and July 2021 through a third-party survey platform. The 305 participants are homeowners ages 55-85 who are not Silvernest users. Respondents represented a cross-section of incomes, U.S. Census regions and education levels.
About SilvernestSilvernest was created to change how we can live by delivering the many benefits of homesharing (independence, housing choices, financial wellness, powerful social connections) at scale through an all-in-one online homesharing platform. Features include roommate matching via a proprietary compatibility algorithm, in-app messaging and background screens, a lease creator, rent auto-pay, insurance and an online hub of resources and tools. To date, weve helped homeowners and renters recognize over $50 million in rent income and savings by homesharing with a compatible roommate. Visit us at http://www.silvernest.com, read our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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