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Category: Analyst Insights

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Zooming in on the Body Camera Market

Zooming in on the Body Camera Market

In recent years, public protests have erupted over cell-phone video recordings that document law enforcement officers using lethal force in the field. Reacting to these protests, a growing number of governments and police departments across the country are adopting body camera programs, causing demand for these products to surge. With body cameras becoming an increasingly […]

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Inevitable Rate Hikes & their Impact on Business Budgeting

Inevitable Rate Hikes & their Impact on Business Budgeting

On March 15, the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points – a decision that was primarily based on falling unemployment and strong wage growth. The month previous, the economy gained 235,000 jobs, bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.7% and marking 77 consecutive months of job growth. […]

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Climate Change, Policy Shifts and the Corporate World

Climate Change, Policy Shifts and the Corporate World

On March 28th, President Trump declared the war on coal over as he signed an executive order officially undoing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP). The executive order aims to curb the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations by rescinding the moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands – delivering on Trump’s campaign promise […]

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Ready to Roll: The Knight-Swift Transportation Merger

Ready to Roll: The Knight-Swift Transportation Merger

Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation agreed on Monday to a merger deal that is set to become the biggest acquisition in US trucking history. The newly- formed Knight-Swift Transportation will have a combined annual revenue of $5.1 billion, making it the largest non-logistics trucking company in the United States. IBISWorld expects the merger to be […]

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States Continue to Raise the Bar for Minimum Wages Across the US

States Continue to Raise the Bar for Minimum Wages Across the US

The topic of raising the minimum wage is always a contentious one, with opposing sides spending considerable time and resources to influence public opinion. The Trump Administration and Congress currently have not signaled any plans to increase the federal minimum wage, which has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009.  According to the Bureau of […]

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Negotiation Brief: Security Guard Services

Negotiation Brief: Security Guard Services

With revenue poised to reach more than $30 billion in 2017, it’s clear that the Security Guard Services market has been enjoying strong growth in recent years. With growing revenue bases, common buyers of security guard services such as educational institutions, healthcare facility operators and property managers have upped the amount they spend on this […]

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Investing in Infrastructure: Building the Economy Under Trump

Investing in Infrastructure: Building the Economy Under Trump

Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has promised that infrastructure spending would be a top priority of his administration. Given the Republican-majorities in Congress and Democrats’ penchant for stimulus spending, the newly sworn-in President Trump should have no problem making good on this campaign promise. While his first 100 days are likely […]

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OPEC Cuts & Climbing Oil Prices

OPEC Cuts & Climbing Oil Prices

Although much of 2016 has been a year of suspense and surprises, there were several late-in-the-game decisions that have been seen by many as long overdue. For example, following years of near-zero interest rates, on seven separate occasions in 2016, the Federal Reserve governing board met and declined to boost the federal funds rate, which […]

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Here Comes the Sun: The Falling Price of Solar Power

Here Comes the Sun: The Falling Price of Solar Power

As concerns about the effects of climate change have increased and the global economy has slowly began to shift away from fossil fuels, investments in solar power have ramped up and led to significant price drops. In fact, IBISWorld estimates that the average price of photovoltaic (PV) panels has been declining at an annualized rate […]

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The OFSE Market & GE-Baker Hughes Partnership

The OFSE Market & GE-Baker Hughes Partnership

General Electric (GE) and Baker Hughes recently announced plans to combine GE’s Oil & Gas business with Baker Hughes’s. The partnership, expected to finalize during the middle of next year, would create the second largest oil field services company in the world and significantly alter the landscape of the oil field services and equipment (OFSE) […]