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The Only Hugo Chavez Obituaries You Need To Read

One is out today, from Time’s Tim Padgett. Here’s a sampling: Chávez called himself a “21st-century socialist.” In reality he was a throwback to the dogmatic and authoritarian 20th-century socialism of Castro, Cuba’s former dictato...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 5, 2013

Countries Succeed And Fail According To Leaders’ Choices

May seem obvious, but sometimes we need to be reminded of the blindingly obvious. I challenge you to find a more worthy way to spend the next three minutes of your time. Here we have Nasir El-Rufai, former Minister of … Continue reading →...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 4, 2013

A Perfect Example Of Why Diplomats Should Never Be Trusted On The Economy

Yes, that’s right: NEVER. War, yes. Economy, no. I know this has been a very Mexico-heavy week, but there’s been a lot of activity here and I’m angling for some other things coming next week, so stay tuned! In the … Continue r...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 1, 2013

TRANSCRIPT: Nomad Capitalist Report Radio Show Interview

I was interviewed for the weekly Nomad Capitalist radio show over the weekend, hosted by Andrew Henderson. On the agenda: the Africa-China relationship, putting the hot-or-not test to Frontier Markets and the nuances of investing in Mexico. Here̵...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 26, 2013

Brazil v Mexico, round 832: The Economist challenges the NYT as Contrarian Bellwether

Thanks to David Agren for drawing my attention to the following. Animal Politico poses the following question, which is not the first time I’ve heard this thesis, but is the most recent incarnation of it: Are The Economist magazine covers ̷...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 12, 2013

Frontier Markets! These Prices are IN-SANE!

Sometimes when I read mainstream financial media coverage of how frontier and emerging markets are booming-heaving-climbing-winning-advancing-accelerating-faster-bigger-better-more, I get this weird sensation in my gut. It’s like I’m listening to...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 5, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII, Hangover Edition

There was a lot to admire and a lot to mock in last night’s noise riot in fairly equal parts. But amid all the spectacular excess that this annual contest has become, one element of it stood above everything and … Continue reading →...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 4, 2013

Intelligence, Super Bowl XLVII Edition

Considering that some three-quarters of the regular readership for Diverging Markets is physically somewhere outside the United States, I thought I’d put a few things on the table today, being the last business day before that annual rite of pr...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 1, 2013

Photos of the Day: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Weekend Warrior

Surely there’s more to this than meets the eye? Apparently these photos were taken by the official Casa Rosada photographer during a recent trip to Vietnam in which President Cristina Kirchner took a tour of Viet Cong tunnels and foxholes ̷...
by Diverging Markets on Jan 30, 2013

Hype, Truth And Something In Between For Mexico

Since pictures are worth thousands of words, we’re starting with pictures. Here’s what the front page online for Mexico’s El Universal looks like as I write this on Sunday evening, January 27, 2013: I’m not sure what the $100...
by Diverging Markets on Jan 28, 2013

A visual representation of attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Quartz has put up the following chart representing a visual demonstration of attendees at the World Economic Forum, by region of origin: “The preliminary Davos program (PDF) includes sessions titled “Global Leadership in Transition” (with s...
by Diverging Markets on Jan 24, 2013

New Beverage of Choice For Political Risk Analysts: Mexican Kool-Aid

Ian Bremmer is on the take. Eurasia Group released its “Top Risks for 2013” report last week. It’s interesting, and it’s worth reading if political risk is your sort of thing. But pretty early on this part stood out to … Continue readin...
by Diverging Markets on Jan 14, 2013

Questions to ask when vetting Frontier Markets fund managers

Anyone who shares the opinion that New York Times coverage of an investment trend augurs its peak should be thinking twice about frontier markets allocation this year after its December 27 profile of Leopard Capital’s Doug Clayton. You can have...
by Diverging Markets on Jan 7, 2013

Mexico’s last locally-owned bank, democracy today and PRI 2.0

When was the last time you heard a bank openly and unabashedly praise an incoming political leader or party? I’m not talking about some vast conspiracy thing here; I mean this quite literally. Imagine it: a new political leader is … Continue...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 20, 2012

From the Department of Feeling Good: The Importance of Acknowledgement

Normally I downplay lengthy videos because I recognize that we’re all time-stretched and attention-deficient, but in this case, a) this will have a direct and immediate impact on your income potential, b) the speaker here is a renowned expert i...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 19, 2012

The wire service as journalism innovation timeline

Ebyline has launched the first ever on-demand wire service with this interesting infographic: I’m not sure the 2000 and 2006 events rise to the level of prominence this infographic aspires to but then I guess we take the good with … Conti...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 5, 2012

US Sports Market Segmentation and the Insurgent Armchair Quarterback

Anyone even remotely conscious of the US sports market knows that football long ago surpassed baseball as the national pastime. How far ahead has it pulled? From Hambrecht’s recent US Professional Sports Market & Franchise Value Report: Accordi...
by Diverging Markets on Nov 16, 2012

Drop Everything, Read This Now: Ebyline on mobile technology and the editor’s role

Drop Everything, Read This Now: Ebyline on mobile technology and the editor’s role“If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have said ‘a faster horse.’” — Henry Ford “Any customer can have a...
by Diverging Markets on Nov 12, 2012

Public Relations 101: A list of who should be seen at Brooklyn Nets games

Public Relations 101: A list of who should be seen at Brooklyn Nets gamesSo tonight is the home opener for the Brooklyn Nets. There’s already plenty of other commentary about what this means for Brooklyn, the NBA, the NHL, Long Island, urban renewa...
by Diverging Markets on Nov 1, 2012

Competing views on China’s Yuan Renminbi overtaking the US dollar

Competing views on China’s Yuan Renminbi overtaking the US dollarLast week, the Economist went to press first: “…a number of countries, including India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Russia, appear to have slipped anchor since the f...
by Diverging Markets on Oct 29, 2012


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