Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Dialing Up Profits In Dangerous Areas

Via Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at the success – and trouble - South Africa’s MTN has found working in some of the world’s most unstable regions: Working in some of the world’s most dangerous countries like South Sudan and Syria has made telecommunications provider MTN Group Ltd. MTNOY -3.51%bigger by some measures than its U.S. counterparts, but it […]

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Crushed by U.S. Sanctions, Iran Pins Economic Hopes on Mall Developer

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at the potential of the business might of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stabilize Iran’s teetering economy: Faced with a U.S. campaign to choke Iran of capital and investment, Saeed Mohammed is trying to find ways to keep the lifeblood of his country’s economy flowing. […]

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Gwadar vs. Chabahar: Competing Ports in Iran and Pakistan Fuel Ambition and Mistrust

Courtesy of STATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at Gwadar and Chabahar: China’s expansion across South Asia and the Indian Ocean under its Belt and Road Initiative will drive India’s own regional outreach, heightening the importance of New Delhi’s infrastructure projects such as the Chabahar port in Iran. However, the threat of U.S. sanctions and […]

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Iraq Helps Keep Iran Open For Business

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on a recent Iranian delegation to Baghdad to explore ways to beat U.S. sanctions: Iranian officials traveled to Baghdad this week to push for expanded trade and energy ties as it tries to undercut U.S. efforts to weaken Iraq’s economic links to its neighbor. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad […]

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India Doubles Down on Chabahar Gambit

Via The Diplomat, commentary on India’s continued investment in the Iranian port of Chabahar: With India taking over operations at Iran’s Shaheed Behesti port in Chabahar, New Delhi has reached an important milestone in realizing its economic and strategic ambitions in Central Asia. Operating Chabahar port will provide India with a foothold at the mouth of […]

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Iran’s Economic Crisis Drags Down the Middle Class Almost Overnight

Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at Iran’s economic crisis: Less than a year ago, he was running a thriving computer accessories business, driving a new car and renting a comfortable two-bedroom apartment in the center of Tehran. But last month, Kaveh Taymouri found himself riding a rusty motorcycle on his hourlong commute […]

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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.