Archive for May, 2011

J.P. Morgan’s Hunt For Afghan Gold

Via Fortune, an interesting article on J.P. Morgan’s hunt for Afghan gold: Villagers assembled for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the gold mine in Qara Zaghan. The U.S. government estimates that minerals worth nearly $1 trillion lie beneath Afghanistan’s soil. FORTUNE — Qara Zaghan, Afghanistan: The four Black Hawk helicopters sweep down on this remote river […]

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Investors Urged To Note Opportunities In Iraq

Via The Financial Times, an interesting article on investment opportunities in Iraq: “…Mohammed al-Hashemi remembers how excited his mother was when she bought shares in the Baghdad Softdrinks Company 27 years ago. Najat al-Kadi was one of a select group of Iraqis keen to participate in the country’s privatisation programme during the mid-1980s, which saw […]

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Frontier Markets: The Hot-Money Cowboys of Baghdad

Courtesy of The New York Times, an interesting look at some of the intrepid investors engaged in Iraq: “My friend, Iraq is a rich, virgin country!” one of its richest men, Namir al-Akabi, told me with a startling enthusiasm when I met him earlier this year at his office in Baghdad. Akabi is the chairman […]

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Via Agence-France Presse, an interesting article on Chinese investment in Laos.  As the report notes: The language is Chinese, change is given in yuan and the time is set for Beijing — but the Boten casino is in Laos, not China. This impoverished country is overrun by investments from the more powerful neighbors that surround […]

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Pakistan Woos Russian Energy Giant

Via Pakistan’s Tribune, an update on Pakistan’s courtship of Gazprom.  As the article notes: “…Pakistan will make an offer to Russian energy giant Gazprom, the largest extractor of natural gas in the world, to participate in two multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline projects – Iran-Pakistan (IP) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) projects, during President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to […]

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A New Horde Of Invaders In The Land of Genghis Khan

Via The Independent, a report on the potential of Mongolia’s mining boom: Edward Rochette, a hard-bitten American lawyer and a veteran of mineral exploration in 56 countries, pulls up a stool in the Square Grill Pub in central Ulan Bator and contemplates Mongolia’s 21st century gold rush. The plush bar, with its fancy chairs and […]

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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.