Archive for 2010

Bangladesh: A Paradox Among Frontier Markets

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at Bangladesh’s prospects as we enter 2011: “…Bangladesh remains a paradox among frontier markets: its GDP growth trend is one of the most stable in the region, but it has high levels of asset price volatility. It proved to be one of the economies least affected by the […]

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Via Terra Daily, an update on an earlier post, namely that South Africa announced that it has been formally invited to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) group of key emerging nations, bolstering its image as the economic gateway to Africa. As the article notes, this may be more politically motivated than economic, […]

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China’s Investment Appetite Turns Towards The Muslim World

Via Fast Company, an article on a $4.5 million investment in Jordan that is only the latest of China’s “development” deals. “…China is ramping up its investments in–and friendliness with–the Muslim world, and a $4.5 million investment in development projects in Jordan, announced over the weekend, is the latest addition to that effort. This week […]

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China in 2020

Via Seeking Alpha, three very interesting maps of China illustrating countries that have equal GDP to Chinese provinces in 2000, 2009 and 2020.  As the maps indicate, in 2000, China’s union of provinces was similar to poor, developing countries. By 2009, China had grown into a union of provinces similar to many booming, developing countries. […]

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South Africa: Building a BRIC Foundation With China?

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report that China has invited South Africa to join the Bric group of fast-growing emerging markets – or at least to join one of their meetings.  As the article notes: “…South Africa has been dropping not-so-subtle hints about its desire to be part of the group for a while […]

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India: Russia’ing Its Search For More Oil

Via The Financial Times, an article on India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s quest for Russian oil assets, in particular its consideration of an equity tie-up with Sistema, Russia’s fastest growing oil company.  As the report notes: “…ONGC has made no secret of its desire to acquire Russian oil assets to ease India’s dependence on […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.