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Bob Geldof on Investing in Africa

Africa is a unique opportunity because it is a “blank slate,” according to Bob Geldof. “Corkers,” his description of firms poised to take off once they get capital, are just waiting for new investment.

Bob Geldof: The Promise of Africa

“Why are investors not investing in Africa?” Bob Geldof asked the audience at the 69th CFA Institute Annual Conference. “The data are there, but you lot never look at it. Weird!”

Weekend Reads: Flat Heads, Investing in Africa, and Happiness at Work

When I'm not working, I'm often thinking about work and the conditions that enable employees to thrive. Recently I stumbled on a short excerpt from Jack Bogle about the intangibles that define a successful workplace, and it really resonated with me.

Weekend Reads: Oliver Sacks, Memory, Munger, and Momentum

Back in 1991, when I was about halfway through a two-and-half year work-travel adventure that took me from Cape Town, South Africa, to mucking out stables on a horse farm in France, fruit-picking in Australia, and various stints in London, including staffing the front of house at a theater in the West End, I stumbled upon the late Oliver Sacks's wonderful book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Africa Rising: Now Is the Time to Invest in the World’s Fastest-Growing Continent

Many investors say that Africa is still too risky, but the biggest risk may be not investing in Africa in the first place.

African Horizons: Develop a Strategy for Africa Now Before It’s Too Late

Develop a strategy for Africa now before it’s too late, say two experts on investing in Africa. Nathan Jaye, CFA, speaks with Melissa Cook, CFA, and Walé Adeosun, CFA, about the challenges and opportunities offered by the continent — and the biggest risk may be sitting the game out.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Themes to Watch, MOOCs, and Olympic Predictions

Goldman Sachs recently released its “S&P 500 Beige Book,” a quarterly survey of corporate conference calls which similarly collects “anecdotal evidence of fundamental and thematic trends” from which they highlight major themes.

Take 15: Barriers to Investing in Africa (Video)

Tendai Musikavanhu, CFA, shares his views on the obstacles to investing in Africa, such as insufficient information, illiquid markets, limited investor protection, and poor perception. He also explains why he think passive investing is better than active investing in Africa.

Emerging Trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital in MENA (Video)

Recent news out of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hasn't been promising as of late. What are some of the emerging trends in private equity and venture capital in MENA? What are some of the challenges? What are some of the most promising investment opportunities?

Fear of Investing in Africa Is Losing You Money

Africa has 15% of the world's population but controls less than 3% of global GDP. A trio of investment pros make the case that as Africa catches up opportunities will abound for investors.



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