The Information Industry in the U.S. and Abroad

While most of the attention is focused on technology, pharmaceuticals and other popular markets, there is one sector that sometimes is forgotten, the information industry.  This is a very complicated industry that includes several segments, including Marketing Analytics, Automation & CRM, Human Capital Management, Financial, Credit, and Governance.  According to data provided by the research and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. the information industry is a $766.5 billion industry.  Morningstar, Inc., Thomson Reuters Corp, SINA Corp, Inc., Yahoo! Inc.

The Financial Information Market, as part of the information industry, includes many large popular companies, as well as many small and aspiring companies.  In this industry companies provide all brokerage and financial news information services with sophisticated content, delivered through proprietary online networks, the Internet and handheld wireless devices.

Yahoo! Inc. is engaged in digital information across international segments including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific.  The Company focuses on informing, connecting and entertaining its users with their platforms like Yahoo Messenger and Tumblr, as well as their four verticals, such as Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Lifestyle, and of course Yahoo Finance.

Speaking of the Asia Pacific region.  According to Burton-Taylor International Consulting LLC the financial information market has grown at a 29.5% CAGR in Mainland China since 2003. Inc. is a Chinese company engaged in providing real-time market commentary and analysis in the Chinese language.  The Company offers subscription services to provide education about investing, recent news and analysis on the stock market. Inc. recently announced their live streaming service has helped the company reach a milestone in booking record subscription revenues last month.  The company provides real time educational related services in Chinese language character sets (traditional and simplified), by support services to their various partners, advertising and public relation support services, and other services they may identify having the potential to create value or partnership opportunities with their core existing services.  The company has offices in the United States and in China.

Larger companies from the region like SINA Corp. have also been performing well.  Sina Corporation is an online media company serving China and the global Chinese communities around the world. The Company’s digital media network of (portal), SINA mobile (mobile portal and mobile applications) and Weibo (social media) enables Internet users to access professional media and user generated content (UGCs) in multi-media formats from personal computers and mobile devices, and share their interests with friends and acquaintances.

Some of the more prominent companies in the industry include Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment research.  The Chicago based company offers a diversified of data, software, research and investment management offerings for financial advisors, asset managers, retirement plan providers and sponsors, as well as individual investors.

Thomson Reuters Corp. is a provider of news and information for professional markets.  The company has become famous for their critical news, information and analytics, enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investment, financial and corporate professionals.


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