BRICS Without Mortar

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at the fortunes of the BRICS: In 2001, Goldman Sachs analyst Jim O’Neill was looking for a quick and catchy way to refer to countries poised to drive growth in the coming decade. The solution he settled on was BRICs, for Brazil, Russia, India and China. From […]

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China’s ‘Silk Road’ Railway Hits Snag In Afghanistan

Via CNBC, a report on China’s ‘Silk Road’ railway which has hit a snag in Afghanistan: A segment of China’s long-hoped-for “Silk Road” railway — and the copper that Beijing hopes it will carry — has run into a snag. The Sino-Afghan Special Railway Transportation connects China to Afghanistan, and is one part of China’s “One Belt, One […]

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How Chinese Money Will Transform Pakistan

Via Third, a look at how the China Pakistan Economic corridor could help transform Pakistan into a major logistical hub, and boost its economic growth: The development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has spurred debate in all quarters. Some perceive it as a form of neo-colonialism criticising Pakistan’s government for promoting unethical business practices […]

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The Struggle For Libya’s Oil Wells

Via Global Capital, a look at the ongoing struggle for control of Libya’s oil wells: On September 11th, Libyan National Army (LNA) forces under General Khalifa Haftar have launched an offensive on the oil facilities in Ras Lanuf, al-Sidr, Az-Zuwaytinah, and Berga in the Gulf of Sirte. Until that moment, the sites had been under the jurisdiction […]

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DRC: The Most Dangerous Cup of Coffee in the World

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at Congo, one of the last frontiers in a global scramble for the world’s best-tasting coffee: BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo—A dozen artisanal coffee aficionados from around the world hovered their noses above cups of steaming grounds and inhaled deeply. Then they tasted the coffee, swishing or […]

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Saudi Arabia Struggles to Remake Its Economy

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed interesting look at Saudi Arabia, where low crude prices and the war in Yemen have sent a shock through the kingdom’s budget and forced it to revise its social contract even as it seeks to diversify its businesses: This is what it takes to run a mega-dairy […]

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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.