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Why Investors Should Go Beyond African GDP

Via Project Syndicate, an interesting look at how – amid bleak GDP-based forecasts of Africa’s economic performance – some investors are tempted to write off the entire continent, but those who seize opportunities to gain an accurate and nuanced picture of Africa’s economic performance and prospects could reap vast rewards: Gross domestic product has been […]

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European Football Clubs Invest In Emerging Markets

Courtesy of The Financial Times, an interesting look at how Europe’s professional sports clubs are becoming top players in outward direct investment: Europe’s increasingly foreign-owned football clubs are becoming top players in outward direct investment. In March, a delegation from Real Madrid CF met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad to talk about setting up a […]

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The Top Ten Fastest Growing Economies for 2019

Via The New Silk Road Monitor, a look at the top ten fastest growing economies in 2019: The IMF has just published its latest World Economic Outlook, including a downward revision to its earlier global growth forecasts for 2019 to 3.3%. So, where is the fast growth coming from? Africa mostly, but also South and Southeast […]

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Facebook Looks To Build Underwater Ring Around Africa

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Facebook’s plan to give its European and Asian data centers a dedicated and reliable link to growing African markets: Facebook Inc. is circling Africa. Literally. The company is in talks to develop an underwater data cable that would encircle the continent, according to people familiar with the plans, […]

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Why Has Somaliland Succeeded and Iraqi Kurdistan Failed?

Via The American Enterprise Institute, an interesting comparison of Somaliland versus Kurdistan: Throughout 1988, MiG-17 fighter jets would take off from an airfield on the outskirts of town. Locals referred to it as the 4-4-4: Within four minutes, they’d be over the city. They would drop four bombs, and then the pilots would collect a $4,000 reward […]

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Laos: Rapid Economic Growth Thus Far Avoided Macroeconomic Cliffs

Via East Asia Forum, a report on Laos: Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. On average the country’s economy has grown by 7.5 per cent per year and trade by 17 per cent per year since 2000, reflecting the importance of trade as a key driver of its growth. While […]

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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.