Archive for July, 2021

The World’s Largest 10 Economies in 2030

Via Visual Capitalist, an interesting look at the world’s largest ten (10) economies in 2030: World’s Largest Economies in 2030 The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Today’s emerging markets are tomorrow’s powerhouses, according to a recent forecast from Standard Chartered, a multinational bank headquartered in London. The bank sees developing economies like […]

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Why Investor Jim Rogers Is Poking Around Uzbekistan

Via Forbes, an article on Uzbekistan: There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” This should be on a plaque hanging above every long-term investor’s desk. For sure, it is how famed investor Jim Rogers thinks. His […]

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BRI vs New Quad for Afghanistan’s Coming Boom

Via The Asia Times, an article on the race to build and extend Afghanistan’s shattered infrastructure: Over a week ago the excruciatingly slow Doha peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban resumed, and then they dragged on for two days observed by envoys from the EU, US and UN. Nothing happened. They could […]

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As Major Western Oil Companies Reconsider Iraq, China Seizes Opportunities Offered By Their Departure

Via Al Monitor, a report on Chinese oil companies’ increased interest in Iraq: Western oil companies have started to pull out of central and southern Iraq and are being replaced by Chinese companies following terrorist attacks against facilities and reports of extortion from tribes, militias and bureaucratic officials in state institutions.  Meanwhile, Iraq has halted its plans to […]

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Syrian Economy Lies In Ruins and China Sniffs Opportunity

Via The Guardian, an article on China’s interest in rebuilding Syria: Standing on a podium on Saturday to take an oath of office, Bashar al-Assad declared himself the only man who could rebuild Syria. His first foreign guest, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, seemed to enhance his claim, endorsing the president’s win in a May poll […]

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China To Invest $1B In Iraqi Factories

Via Belt & Road News, a report of a new Chinese investment in Iraq: Chinese companies have agreed to build three factories in Iraq for manufacturing ceramics and cardboard with a total value of around $980 million. The projects in the Southern AL-Muthanna Governorate bordering Kuwait and Saudi Arabia comprise a ceramics factory at a […]

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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.