Advancements in Technology Lead the Vertical Farming Sector toward Prosperity


A growing population, the shortage of land and water, and increasing pressure on traditional agricultural methods have led to a shift toward new farming practices like vertical farming. Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Vertical Farming Growth Opportunities, finds that the vertical farming industry is heading in the right direction because of technological improvements and the use of renewable energy sources. The adoption of the farming-as-a-service model and the extension of vertical farming into specialized crops from leafy greens will speed up market growth in three to five years.

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“The vertical farming sector remains limited to leafy greens, so companies must innovate and expand while ensuring higher margins and lower production costs,” said Smriti Sharma, Chemicals, Materials & Nutrition Program Manager at Frost & Sullivan. “It encourages vertical farming businesses to collaborate with component providers to come up with solutions since doing so will be crucial to lowering costs overall and raising yield.”

Sharma added: “Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is an important solution to the land, water, and GHG emission challenges of conventional agriculture. Government and non-government activities are expected to expand the knowledge and adoption of vertical farming systems, particularly in areas with limited access to water and land.”

To reap the advantages of the vertical farming industry:

  • Seed-manufacturing companies must invest in the research and development (R&D) of seed varieties to accelerate the development of plants that can grow in vertical farms.
  • Component manufacturers should focus on the R&D of energy-efficient equipment, especially lighting and HVAC systems, to lower energy costs.
  • Companies must invest in developing integrated platforms enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data analytics to develop highly automated, self-sufficient farms.

Global Vertical Farming Growth Opportunities is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Chemicals, Materials & Nutrition research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.


Endowus launches six new Satellite Portfolios in partnership with leading global fund managers


Endowus has launched Singapore’s first satellite portfolios with institutional funds and 100% trailer fee rebates. The professionally designed and curated portfolios allow Retail and Accredited investors to add Satellite positions in the industry-leading Endowus digital wealth app, with the goal of providing diversified sources of alpha (above market returns) for Endowus app users in addition to its top-performing Core Flagship and ESG portfolios.

The six portfolios, TechnologyGlobal Real EstateMegatrendsChina Equities, China Fixed Income, and Low-Volatility Fixed Income, were prioritised in response to strong customer demand for optimised exposure to these select market opportunities and more will follow in the coming months.

Each of these portfolios have gone through a rigorous quantitative and qualitative selection and portfolio optimisation process by the Endowus Investment Office. The team’s institutional screening process has identified best-in-class funds to build diversified portfolios most suitable for Singapore-based investors. Many of these funds were previously not available in Singapore, but were launched with Endowus to build these sophisticated Satellite portfolios.

“We are excited to launch the new Satellite portfolios that are professionally managed and optimised by Endowus in response to our clients’ needs. We worked closely with the leading global managers to bring best-in-class funds to build these popular satellite portfolios. They stand head and shoulders above other offerings in the market in terms of institutional sophistication and its diversified, optimised design. It perfectly complements our Core portfolios in allowing some active tilts to personal investment preferences to achieve better returns.” says Samuel Rhee, Chief Investment Officer of Endowus.

The Endowus Satellite Portfolios will feature funds managed by many award-winning world class managers such as AllianceBernstein, Allianz, BlackRock, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, FSSA, Fullerton, Janus Henderson, JP Morgan, Neuberger Berman, Schroders, Thematics, UOB Asset Management.

“Traditional financial advisors have long been incentivised by fund managers to sell their products. This may result in advisors recommending higher cost products for their own benefit, rather than choosing what is best for their clients’ profile and needs. As we offer new and exciting investment opportunities, it is important that we continue to do so in an unbiased manner—and in areas that complement our investors’ needs,” says Endowus Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Van.

Cost remains the single most important determinant of future returns, so being cost-efficient is a key factor in bringing successful outcomes to these portfolios. Endowus’ industry-first and ongoing commitment to 100% trailer fee rebates and no sales fees continues with these Satellite portfolios. This transparent cost structure, along with accessing much lower fund-level fees, culminates in an estimated 67% in cost savings for Endowus clients on average compared to traditional satellite investing offerings. This commitment also ensures that Endowus’ selection of funds is based solely on their track record, experience and ability to deliver on performance, rather than incentives provided by the fund managers.