As the cannabis industry continues its evolution, competition among companies is becoming more and more ferocious. Over the past year, cannabidiol-based (CBD) products have swiftly emerged thanks to various successful legalization efforts. Specifically, in regions such as the U.S. and Canada, consumers have flocked to retailers to buy a wide range of CBD products including topicals, beverages, tinctures, and patches. In addition, major retail corporations such as Amazon, Walgreens, and CVS have all decided to sell CBD products in-store as well as on their online platforms. Overall, the rapid acceleration of the market is attributable to the passage of the U.S. Farm Bill in late 2018, which legalized the commercialization of hemp-derived products. Yet, despite the growing demand for CBD products, it has become more and more difficult for new players to compete in this market space. Generally speaking, pre-established players such as large corporations with surplus marketing budgets or known dispensaries tend to dominate the marketplace. Nonetheless, the U.S. remains the largest contributor to the global cannabis market, even as the country has yet to federally legalized the plant. And according to data compiled by GlobalInfoResearch, the global legal marijuana market was valued at USD 7.97 Billion in 2019. By 2024, it is expected to reach USD 35 Billion while registering a CAGR of 28% over the next five years. Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE), The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTC: SPRWF), AXIM Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTC: AXIM), Aleafia Health Inc. (OTC: ALEAF), Medmen Enterprises Inc. (OTC: MMNFF).
The growing popularity of CBD is largely attributed to various medical applications that are associated with the products. For example, full-spectrum CBD oil is considered a great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6; Omega 3 plays a vital role in creating hormones that regulate inflammation as well as contractions and relaxation of arteries. They also lower your triglyceride levels in the blood to reduce the chances of suffering from heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the oil is also known to contain vitamins such as A, C, E, and B complex, which can help with the growth and development of vital organs and boost the body’s immune system. “The research is emerging to support the use of CBD for numerous conditions, as well as looking closely at safety, side effects, and long-term effects. There are some valid concerns about long-term use that must be tested before CBD can be recommended for other diseases. As one approach to pain management, it is seen as an alternative option to the addicting narcotics. The use of CBD oil might complement a medical approach to treating physical and mental diseases,” said Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT.
Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) announced earlier this week that it had “executed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with World Innovation Technologies (“WIT”) to acquire a 51% ownership of WIT, making it a majority owned subsidiary of the Company.
WIT is a manufacturer of Nutraceutical products that are ready to be deployed into the market and both companies have agreed they can benefit from Global’s experience with sales and marketing of new product launches. Global will take over all sales and logistics efforts on behalf of WIT and in exchange will receive 50% of all revenue generated in the new subsidiary.
“This acquisition has been in the works for some time and represents the first step in our overall goal to diversify Global Payout’s holdings,” said Global Payout CEO, Vanessa Luna. “I believe WIT to be an up and coming player in the multibillion-dollar nutraceuticals market, one that many analysts believe will continue on a strong growth trajectory over the next couple of years. I have had the personal pleasure of working with the Executive Team of WIT on multiple business initiatives over the past decade. I am grateful they decided to entrust my team and I to bring these products to market and meet the current demand they are facing. We are excited to develop a strong go-to-market strategy for the company and identify the many possible revenue streams that will be derived from this partnership.”
WIT comes with major products lines such as dose K-Cup, Button Blast Dosing Cap, Sports Blast Dosing Cap, Straws Dissolving Beads, Microencapsulation, Pharma Blast, and more (All products are patent protected).
“We have personally seen firsthand the success Ms. Luna and her team bring to any company they work with. We were thoroughly impressed with their most recent endeavor with MTrac and how quickly they managed to dominate a market space with a new technology launch. It is that level of expertise that ultimately brought us together in this new venture. We are currently experiencing high demand for our products in caffeine, cbd, cosmetics, nutra, and more. We are eager to finalize this acquisition and look forward to working together to bring our products to the masses,” said Mr. Roy Anthony, on behalf of WIT.
As Global works with WIT to finalize the details of the acquisition the Company will keep shareholders apprised of its progresses.
For more information on WIT please feel free to visit their website at https://www.innonutra.com/
About Global Payout, Inc. (OTC Pink:GOHE): Since the Company’s inception in 2009, Global Payout, Inc. has been a leading provider of comprehensive and customized prepaid payment solutions. From 2014 to 2017 Global focused on identifying new state of the art technologies in a variety of industry sectors and successfully helped launch MoneyTrac Technology Inc. and other companies within the FinTech space. In 2018, Global completed a reverse triangular merger with MoneyTrac Technology Inc. resulting in Global retaining the wholly owned subsidiary, MTrac Tech Corporation. Global’s current focus is continuing to identify new business opportunities while it reorganizes its future business endeavors.
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The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTCQX: SPRWF) announced last December, the launch of Sugarleaf by 7AC (“Sugarleaf”). Sugarleaf is Supreme Cannabis’ newest introduction of high-quality cannabis experiences to the Canadian marketplace. Sugarleaf widens the Company’s product offerings and targets consumers who demand a more refined, milder consumption experience as they discover their own cannabis taste preferences and desires. Sugarleaf products are created using the sugary-looking, trichome-dense, dry-cured sugar leaves from 7ACRES’ coveted strains. Made with the high-end 7ACRES strains that consumers trust, Sugarleaf offers a consistently high-quality, smooth and flavourful taste, and aroma. Sugarleaf’s first product will be rolled joints made with fan-favourite strains of 7ACRES. Additional product formats, focused on offering consumers elegant, ready-to-enjoy and convenient cannabis experiences, will be introduced to the market in the new year, including cannabis 2.0 products.
AXIM Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTCQB: AXIM), a world leader in cannabinoid research and development, announced back in October, that its nutraceutical division, AXIM® Wellness, has launched its flagship nutraceutical product line, AXIM® Wellness Gum (“Wellness Gum”), at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Chicago, IL. AXIM has also begun accepting consumer and wholesale orders on its new Wellness Gum website. This new patented product line offers consumers with the best absorption, best bioavailability and the best way to consume cannabinoids. “We are excited for the launch of the Wellness Gum product line during the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference and look forward to discussing our new cannabinoid-based nutraceutical gum line with the cannabis community,” said John W. Huemoeller II, Chief Executive Officer of AXIM® Biotech. “AXIM is also proud to offer retailer and practitioner wholesale programs that give business owners the opportunity to earn additional revenue while offering their customers the benefits of our full-spectrum CBD gum such as the highest bioavailability and absorbency on the market.”
Aleafia Health Inc. (OTCQX: ALEAF) wholly-owned subsidiary, Emblem Cannabis Corporation, announced last month, a definitive licensing agreement (the “Agreement”) with Kinstate, Inc. (“Kinstate”) to bring its award-winning, cannabis-infused sublingual strips brand and underlying sublingual strip technology to the Canadian medical and adult-use cannabis market. The Agreement provides the Company with the exclusive Canadian rights to manufacture, market and sell certain Kin Slips products, along with rights to use the associated proprietary formulations, manufacturing methodology and intellectual property provided by Kinstate and options for the Company to offer the format into certain other international markets. Kin Slips, along with many new cannabis formats, will be produced in-house at the Company’s Paris, Ontario processing facility. “The innovative excellence of Kinstate’s Kin Slips product line has been tested in the world’s largest cannabis market,” said Aleafia Health CEO Geoffrey Benic. “Our approach of leveraging the formulas, branding, equipment, packaging and production know-how of tried and tested partners significantly accelerates our objective of bringing to market a portfolio of unique, premium cannabis health and wellness brands.”
Medmen Enterprises Inc. (OTCQX: MMNFF) recently announced the opening of two new locations in the state of Florida: Central Orlando and Tallahassee. The Company now has seven operational stores in Florida, with five additional store openings in the state planned for the remainder of the calendar year. The Company is licensed for 35 retail locations in the state. MedMen Buds, the Company’s new loyalty program will be available to all patients at these locations. In addition, MedMen’s fully owned and operated, same-day delivery platform, which currently services California and Nevada, will be available to Florida patients soon. Together with loyalty and delivery, the Company’s new store locations align with MedMen’s national retail strategy of providing an industry-leading omni-channel experience to all consumers. In addition to expanding its retail footprint, MedMen remains one of the lead supporters of the recently launched constitutional amendment campaign to bring safe, regulated, and legal cannabis for adults 21 years and older in the state of Florida. The campaign committee “Make it Legal Florida” is chaired by MedMen’s own Vice President of Government Affairs, Nick Hansen.
Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019
Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.
Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.
Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.
The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.
Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”
The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.
Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.
Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”
SOURCE KPMG China
Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019
SOURCE KPMG China
CFP Board Center for Financial Planning Announces Best Paper Winners for 2020 Academic Research Colloquium
The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Best Paper Awards that were presented last week in Arlington, Va., during the Center’s fourth annual Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines.
- The TD Ameritrade Best Paper Award in Behavioral Finance – Sung Lee of Stern School of Business, New York University, for “Fintech Nudges: Overspending Messages and Personal Finance Management”
- The Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award in Insurance/Risk Management – Hossein Salehi, CFP® of California Lutheran University, and Charlene Kalenkoski, CFP® of Texas Tech University, for “The Relationship Between Ownership of Insurance Products and Retirement Satisfaction”
- The Emerging Scholar Best Paper Award – Derek Tharp, CFP® of University of Southern Maine, for “Consumer Perceptions of Financial Advisory Titles and Implications for Title Regulation”
- The Best Paper Award in Investments – Da Ke of University of South Carolina, for “Left Behind: Partisan Identity and Wealth Inequality”
- The Best Paper Award in Household Finance – Nick Pretnar, Alan Montgomery, and Christopher Olivola of Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, for “A Structural Model of Mental Accounting”
A full list of 2020 accepted papers is available here.
“We received many compelling paper submissions this year, but the committee selected those that they felt demonstrated the highest research standards,” said Charles R. Chaffin, Ed.D., director of Academic Initiatives, CFP Board Center for Financial Planning. “We congratulate the winners for their contributions to knowledge and innovation in the financial planning industry.”
The Best Paper series of awards recognizes authors from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines that relate to financial planning. The award carries a $2,500 cash prize for the author(s) of each winning paper.
The colloquium gathers the global academic community to showcase rigorous and relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines that directly or indirectly relates to the global financial planning practice and the body of knowledge. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning hosts the colloquium in collaboration with FP Canada and the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd., owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States.
The colloquium is made possible with support from the Center’s Lead Founding Sponsor, TD Ameritrade Institutional, and Founding Sponsors Northwestern Mutual, Envestnet and Charles Schwab Foundation, in partnership with Schwab Advisor Services.
SOURCE Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
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