Archive for September, 2014

Doing Business In The DPRK

Courtesy of NK News, commentary on North Korea’s contemporary investment climate: North Korea’s business and investment environment is a subject on which little contemporary information exists, despite the country’s strategic location between three of the world’s largest economies. While in the early 2000s a relatively large number of Western companies expressed interest in the emerging […]

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Profits In War Time

Courtesy of The Economist, an interesting article on the war and uncertainty’s impact on profits: ISLAMIC STATE may be a geopolitical threat, but it has not yet posed much of a danger to business. A day’s drive from the fighting, in Kurdish-run Iraq, three Western oil firms, Genel Energy, DNO and Gulf Keystone, continue to […]

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Venezuela: The World’s Worst Managed Economy?

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at Venezuela’s worsening economy: A BIG oil producer unable to pay its bills during a protracted oil-price boom is a rare beast. Thanks to colossal economic mismanagement, that is exactly what Venezuela, the world’s tenth-largest oil exporter, has become. At the end of the second quarter Venezuela’s trade-related bills […]

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Mozambique’s Moment

Via Foreign Policy, a look at Mozambique: On Sept. 5, the leader of Mozambique’s Renamo opposition party came out of hiding to sign a peace deal with the ruling party, Frelimo. The agreement will bring an end to the 2-year-long conflict that began when the Renamo party — driven by its desire to have a […]

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Peru’s Economy: A Rocky Road To Recovery?

Courtesy of the Financial Times, a report on Peru’s economy: In less than 24 hours Peru’s economy – once feted as Latin America’s star and now struggling with a slowdown – suffered two blows. First, on Sunday evening, the surprising loss of its respected finance minister, Luis Miguel Castilla. Then, on Monday morning, the announcement […]

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Iran Shares Cast A Spell

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at the Tehran Stock Exchange: The best performing stock market in the world in 2013 was up 130 per cent last year*. The country it serves has a population of nearly 80m, some 40 per cent of whom are under the age of 24. It has one of […]

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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.