Archive for January, 2013

Premium Noodle Makers – How To Keep More Profits At Home

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an interesting look at how emerging market consumers may think of brands as their wealth grows: As China, India and Indonesia become more wealthy, more of their consumers hard-earned cash could find its way overseas. This is not about the most wealthy fleeing their homelands or investing their money abroad […]

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Opening A New Frontier In Bangladesh

Courtesy of Finance Asia, an article on Bangladesh: Bangladesh usually attracts attention for the wrong reasons. Too often the country appears in news headlines for its natural or man-made disasters, or else it is dismissed as a source of employment for NGOs or cheap labour for the garment industry. Yet, as long ago as 2005, […]

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Frontier Markets: Worth The Risk?

Via Money Marketing, an interesting look at frontier markets: This month’s hostage crisis in Algeria made headlines around the world. The terrorist attack on the natural gas facility is another reminder of the security issues at many oil and gas sites. Social and political unrest is also being seen in neighbouring Mali and the ongoing […]

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Foreign Money Pours Into Laos

Via the Wall Street Journal, a look at how neighboring countries are jostling for work in Laos: On the face of it, Laos is a no man’s land for foreign investors. This landlocked, Southeast Asian nation of 6.5 million people offers a tiny market. Experts say corruption is widespread. And some foreigners say they have […]

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Mongolia’s Economic Boom

Via The Diplomat, an article on Mongolia’s economic boom: Mongolia enters 2013 as one of the  world’s fastest growing economies, with forecasters predicting GDP growth of 18-20 percent. Driven by a boom in mining revenues, the impact of this growth is clearly visible in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, where expensive office high rises, modern apartment […]

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Investing In An Arab Summer

Via The Financial Times, a report on MENA investment opportunities: “Don’t be afraid of the Middle East.” That, in short, is the message of private equity investor Mustafa Abdel-Wadood at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. “Despite the headlines, there are a lot opportunities in the region,” Abdel-Wadood, whose Abraaj Group has $7.5bn […]

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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.