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Mexican congressman to colleagues: “Privatize This”

So, as you may or may not have heard, Mexican Congress has just passed some rather historic oil reforms, much to the consternation of a lot of people. Herein, one congressman’s protest at the lack of transparency surrounding this historic ̷...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 13, 2013

Mexican congressman to colleagues: “Privatize This”

So, as you may or may not have heard, Mexican Congress has just passed some rather historic oil reforms, much to the consternation of a lot of people. Herein, one congressman’s protest at the lack of transparency surrounding this historic ̷...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 13, 2013

The Ties That Bind Russia

In keeping with the just-released 2013 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, I’m always in the market for new ways to describe the obstacles one encounters when trying to get things done in developing countries. Enter this ve...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 3, 2013

The Ties That Bind Russia

I’m always in the market for new ways to describe the nature of the obstacles one encounters when trying to get things done in developing countries, I suppose because there never seems to be a shortage of pie-eyed idealists who … Continue...
by Diverging Markets on Dec 3, 2013

The First Rule Of Fighting Narcos: You Do Not Talk About Fighting Narcos

Regular readers know it isn’t very often that I re-publish in full something from elsewhere, but this is too important and I have no doubt that the majority of you are not in the habit of reading the Dallas Morning … Continue reading U...
by Diverging Markets on May 22, 2013

The First Rule Of Fighting Narcos: You Do Not Talk About Fighting Narcos

Regular readers know it isn’t very often that I re-publish in full something from elsewhere, but this is too important and I have no doubt that the majority of you are not in the habit of reading the Dallas Morning … Continue reading U...
by Diverging Markets on May 22, 2013

The First Rule Of Fighting Narcos: You Do Not Talk About Fighting Narcos

Regular readers know it isn’t very often that I re-publish in full something from elsewhere, but this is too important and I have no doubt that the majority of you are not in the habit of reading the Dallas Morning … Continue reading U...
by Diverging Markets on May 22, 2013

Map Of The Day: Mexico Drug War Update

The Washington Post published this the other day: Accompanying it is a rather lengthy article (here), not to be missed, detailing the evolving intelligence challenges since Enrique Peña Nieto took office. Also not to be missed is David Agren reporti...
by Diverging Markets on May 2, 2013

Chart Of The Day: How 37 Banks Merged Into 4

Thanks to Alan Haggard, we have this quite striking chart today: Related PostsInfoGraph of the Day: Chinese Companies and Risk in AfricaDrop Everything, Read This Now: Too Big to Jail, Too Big for TrialAssessing Televisa’s Political Risk in Mex...
by Diverging Markets on Apr 30, 2013

Assessing Televisa’s Political Risk in Mexico

Mexico watchers up to date on the landmark reforms underway in Mexico can skip straight down to the section below where the block quotes begin. For the rest of you not up to speed, the Mexican government is getting ready … Continue reading U...
by Diverging Markets on Apr 18, 2013

Taxation With Representation, By Mustafa Mond

I am pleased to present a new guest contributor today, who in the interest of preserving his day job, goes by the tag of Mustafa Mond. In recognition of today as that annual rite of American citizenship–Tax Day–Mr. Mond has graciously &#...
by Diverging Markets on Apr 15, 2013

Everything You Know About Africa Is Wrong

Morten Jerven, economic historian of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, has me hooked just with this single comment: The demand for numbers is overwhelming. The data will be created, invented or otherwise imputed to fill the gap. When the data ...
by Diverging Markets on Apr 8, 2013

Charts Of The Day: The Bitcoin-Argentina Connection

On increasing chatter I’ve been hearing about bitcoin, pending devaluation in Argentina and the possible use of bitcoin to circumvent capital controls in Argentina, I had to look at the data. Bitcoin, for those who aren’t aware, is a virtual R...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 27, 2013

A Dissection Of Market Manipulation In The Diamond Industry

Priceonomics put up a stunning take last week on the market mechanics of diamonds which spurred a lot of reactions. Worth reading in full, and here are some excerpts to give you an idea: “Americans exchange diamond rings as part … Continu...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 25, 2013

Is Asia’s Foreign Exchange NDF Market The Next Domino To Fall?

That’s the basic question I take away from this recent article from the FT’s Jeremy Grant, which uses a wrongful dismissal lawsuit ex-UBS traders are bringing against their former employer as a gateway to discussing price transparency in...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 15, 2013

InfoGraph of the Day: Chinese Companies and Risk in Africa

This is really impressive and makes me really rethink my previous notions of a political risk framework, particularly in the context of Africa. No more preface necessary: Sourced from Africa-Asia Confidential. Related PostsMap Of The Day: Emerging an...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 14, 2013

Know Your Audience, China-Africa Edition

This has been building for a long time. The latest is this CNN interview with Dambisa Moyo, she of “Dead Aid” fame, entitled, “China Can Transform Africa“. A couple of comments caught my eye: “Ultimately, the responsibility of h...
by Diverging Markets on Mar 6, 2013

Drop Everything, Read This Now: Too Big to Jail, Too Big for Trial

Two items of highly recommended reading when you have a chance—one is the cover story from the current issue of the Atlantic Monthly, “What’s Inside America’s Banks?” by Frank Partnoy and ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger; and the second is...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 25, 2013

Street Markets 101: Che Misterio Navigates Argentina’s Black Market for Dollars

I am humbled, honored, grateful and excited to once again present Che Misterio in Argentina, who continues endangering his life for the purpose of shining a light on one of the blindest of economic blind spots in the world today: … Continue rea...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 13, 2013

Hype, Truth and Something In Between, Nigeria Edition

Discussing the prospects of investing in Africa seems to invite a rising level of dissonance between people with something to sell—be it product or ideology—and people with some perspective still stuck in the colonial era. So when I saw that R...
by Diverging Markets on Feb 7, 2013


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