Could North Korea Be The Next Vietnam?

Via Capital Economics, an interesting look at North Korea: • Tomorrow’s historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore has raised the (distant) prospect of international sanctions against North Korea being lifted, a move that one day could even pave the way for the country’s integration into the global economy. While North […]

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North Korea: Opening For Business?

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on the potential for North Korea to open its economy:  North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries. It is ruled by an unpredictable dictator with his finger on the nuclear button. So, who wants to invest there? Well, basically nobody. But leading up to […]

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Tajikistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold…

Via OCCRP, a detailed look at an opaque gold deal in Tajikistan: Sitting in rows upon rows of plastic blue chairs, hundreds of men and women in colorful traditional dress listened attentively to their president. Known in his country’s press universally as the “Founder of Peace and National Unity” (the use of the title is […]

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Ethiopia Opens Door to the World With Unprecedented Privatization Plan

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Ethiopia’s announced privatization plan, a move that present one of the biggest business opportunities in Africa to foreign and domestic private investors, but also one of the most complex: Ethiopia said it plans to sell stakes in some of the country’s most-prized assets after decades of state […]

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Investors: Putting Somaliland On The Map

Via Ozy, an interesting look at investing in Somaliland: Hong Kong–based American business developer Robby Zirkelbach has set up small firms in South Sudan, Iran and North Korea. But Somalia was too risky even for the former U.S. Marine sniper with a stomach for adventurous investments, until he stumbled upon the country’s north, the self-declared Republic of […]

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BRI: A Web of Silk?

Via The Economist, a report on China’s efforts to build a “digital Silk Road: CHINA’S vague but much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been providing buzzword fodder for government leaders and official sloganeers since 2013, when the country launched the scheme to extend its political and economic influence abroad by investing in infrastructure and other […]

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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.