Archive for 2012

Congolia: Comparing Mongolia With Congo

Via Capitalist Exploits, an interesting comparison of In 1997 the Congo, known formerly as Zaire, was in the midst of an all-out blood spilling, slaughtering, raping, no-holds-barred war. Few investors were brave enough to put not only their capital on the line but certainly their own precious selves too. In May of that same year […]

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China’s Luxury Market: Improving Upon The American Dream

Via HBR, an interesting report on China’s luxury market: China’s luxury market — and the global phenomenon of “trading up” — are well known. Yet when China’s consumer markets recently experienced short terms blips, several doubters promptly questioned the pace of their long term growth. Prada offers a recent case-in-point showing that any such “slowdown” […]

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The Next 11: Pakistan, 10 Others To ‘Surpass EU By 2030’

Courtesy of the Asia News Network, an article on an interesting report on the Next Eleven: The “Next Eleven” countries, which include Pakistan, will collectively overtake EU-27 in global power by 2030, according to a US government report released yesterday. Although America’s influence will be reduced, it will remain the “first among equals”, adds the […]

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China’s Second Tier Cities: On The Rise

Via newgeography, an interesting look at China’s second tier cities: Recent media attention has focused on a slowdown in China. The actual state of play in China that should be watched, though, is rather different. While residents of first and second-tier cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen can still be seen holding Louis Vuitton […]

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Myanmar: An Untapped New Frontier

Via Mizzima, a look at Myanmar: Leading American think tank Frost & Sullivan says it is optimistic on the future growth for Burma because the country is an untapped new frontier at the crossroads of India, China and Southeast Asia offering abundant opportunities. The market research firm’s vice-president Vivek Vaidya said that the fact that […]

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Laos: Steady Growth Charges The ‘Battery of Asia’

Via Emerging Markets blog, a report on Laos: Laos – the sleepy, land-locked nation often overlooked in favor of neighboring Thailand or Vietnam – is finally garnering the international attention that it deserves. The “Jewel of the Mekong” posted 8.0% GDP growth in 2011 and has been the fourth steadiest-growing economy in the world over […]

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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.