Practical analysis for investment professionals


Martyn Davies Is Bullish on (Some) Emerging Markets

The key to success for emerging markets is to reform institutions to compete for talent and capital on a global scale, according to Martyn Davies. Diversification is not a policy, but a “people-driven initiative” about attracting skilled workers and intellectual property.

Amid Low Oil Prices, MENA Charts a Way Forward

New drivers of economic growth, transitioning away from oil production, and increasing entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium enterprises were focal points at the 2016 Middle East Investment Conference.

China and the Commodity Complex

China is pushing its economy hard, hoping for a short-term reward, but is simultaneously saddling the country with enormous long-term costs that it is only now beginning to pay. Will China kill the economy in the process of driving growth?

The Commodities Crash: A Supply-Side Perspective

Commodities producers took another hit at the start of 2016, following a brutal 2015. Many commodity prices hit multi-year lows. Weakening demand from China is widely blamed for the declines, but the more important factor is the supply glut.

Weekend Reads for Global Investors: Is Glencore the Next Lehman Brothers?

What is Glencore and why is it making headlines around the world? Larry Cao, CFA, walks readers through the story of this potential "next Lehman Brothers" and highlights other useful and illuminating content in his latest edition of Weekend Reads for Global Investors.

Tomorrow’s Timber: Identifying Unconventional Investments with Leo de Bever (Video)

According to Leo de Bever, opportunities in energy, food, materials, and enabling technology can reward long-term investors who are willing to embrace discomfort.

Alternative Thinking vs. Alternative Assets

Peter Chiappinelli, CFA, CAIA, a member of GMO’s asset allocation team, lays out the arguments and counterarguments for alternative investments.

Real Energy Independence: Making Oil No Longer “Strategic”

In the United States, there are some big misconceptions among politicians, the media, and the public about reliance on Middle East oil, according to Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Case in point: Recent oil and natural gas discoveries in North America have led US policymakers to mistakenly think this is the solution to all of our problems — that we will no longer be reliant on imports and oil prices will come down. Unfortunately, this is far from reality; prices will continue to be driven by OPEC unless we change factors first on the demand side.

Take 15: The Second Wave of Developing Economies (Video)

Economist Dambisa Moyo discusses her views on the transformative role emerging markets are playing in the global economy. The resource constraints posed by the 2 billion people expected to enter the middle class in the next 10 years will reshape geopolitics, alliances and of course, macroeconomics.

Could Higher Energy Costs Abroad Lead to a Recovery in U.S. Manufacturing?

U.S. manufacturing may be down but don’t count it out. In fact, the U.S. manufacturing sector could be poised for a comeback. The reason? Skyrocketing energy and transport costs now make it far more attractive to produce goods locally,… READ MORE ›

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