Archive for December, 2021

Bangladesh: Top Frontier Market Pick

Via The Business Standard, a look at a frontier investment firm which has named Bangladesh as one of its top country pick: Asian Frontier Capital (AFC), the investment management company behind AFC Asia Frontier Fund, expressed a bullish outlook on the Bangladesh economy and the country’s blue-chip stocks the firm prefers to invest in. The frontier […]

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East Timor: The World’s Youngest Failed State

Via Foreign Affairs, an article on East Timor: By almost any measure, Southeast Asia is thriving. The region has a population of over 600 million, brings in more foreign investment than China, and boasts a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion, larger than India’s $1.9 trillion economy. It is no wonder, then, that Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, […]

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Islamic State Imposes Levy On Oil Investors In NE Syria

Via Al Monitor, an article on how ??Islamic State cells are imposing levies on oil investors who have been contracted to work in oil fields in agreement with the controlling forces in northeastern Syria, as a share of the oil investment in a bid to finance their activities: Islamic State operatives stormed Dec. 15 into the […]

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Turkey’s Currency Crisis Threatens Its Syria Strategy

Via Al Monitor, a report on how Turkey’s economic turmoil might challenge Ankara’s grip over opposition-held areas in Syria, where in-house rivalries among the armed factions over financial resources have escalated: With economic turbulence rattling Turkey’s economy, the question is rising of whether Ankara can maintain its grip on Syria’s opposition-held areas where the Turkish lira […]

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Is China Building a New String of Pearls in the Atlantic Ocean?

Via the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a report on China’s efforts to build a global network of dual-use port facilities around the world: On December 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is seeking to establish a permanent military facility in the Central African nation of Equatorial Guinea. While the Equatorial […]

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Cloud Seeding In Africa

Via The Economist, an article on the rise of data centers in Africa: In the namanve industrial park on the edge of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, trucks rumble through the dust, laden with steel. Sacks of coffee pile up in warehouses. And at Raxio data centre, which opened this year, a local corner of the […]

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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.