Archive for June, 2013

Kabul Property Boom Confounds Fears About Afghanistan’s Security

Courtesy of The Guardian, an interesting article on Kabul’s property boom: Faizullah Barakzai under the giant roof-top pomegranate that crowns the luxury apartment block he has built in Kabul. Photograph: Joel Van Houdt for the Guardian Two giant concrete pomegranates loom over downtown Kabul, with bright red, 15ft-tall seeds bursting from their sides and lit […]

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Via Quartz, an interesting article on frontier markets: Despite being incredibly young, South Sudan’s position in a planned oil pipeline makes it a promising investment. As Jim O’Neill steps down as head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, the world may be looking for a new acronym to succeed his infamous coinage of BRICS, which stands […]

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Beware Africa’s “Middle Class”

Courtesy of The Harvard Business Review, an interesting commentary on Africa’s middle class: If you have considered investing in Africa, you have no doubt been influenced by frequent recent reports on the continent’s apparently large, burgeoning middle class. These rising Africans are said to be increasingly armed with the hard currency, and the taste, to […]

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Beijing’s Plans For A Post-Karzai Kabul

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, some analysis of China’s role in Afghanistan post-2014: Hamid Karzai’s derailment of this week’s planned U.S. peace talks with the Taliban may have been a disappointment to Washington’s hopes of ending its longest war — but it disappointed Beijing, too. China welcomed the breakthrough in the Qatar process, and sees a […]

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Growing Power Of Emerging Market Brands

Via The Economist, a look at the growing power of emerging market brands: THE past 20 years have seen a massive redistribution of economic power to the emerging world. But so far there has been no comparable redistribution of brand power. Fortune magazine’s 2012 list of the largest 500 companies by sales revenue included 73 […]

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Ethiopia’s Great Economic Leap Forward

Courtesy of The Guardian, an interesting look at Ethiopia – where middle-class aspirations blossom among the new high-rises: The capital of Ethiopia seems to be one vast building site. As the high-rise blocks, broad avenues and roundabout take shape, a new Addis Ababa is springing up. The priority for the regime is to build at […]

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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.