Unpacking Pakistan

An excerpt from my recent article published at SeekingAlpha.com. Pakistan goes back some 5,000 years and has a storied history of assimilating European, Asian, and Arab influences over millennia.  Today, Pakistan has an equally interesting future that should be promising, but it's also debilitated by some serious problems.  In this article, we'll unpack what's right and … Continue reading Unpacking Pakistan

Time for Turkey?

Time for Turkey? The Holidays are almost here, but no, I'm not writing about your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. I'm writing about a Turkey with Lira that's down 90% against USD and an equity market that's down 70% from its highs. TUR data by YCharts When others are fearful Emerging market equities have sold off broadly year-to-date.  … Continue reading Time for Turkey?

Egypt Waits for Spring

Cradle of civilization  Egypt has been called the "cradle of civilization." Egyptians are tied to some of the earliest forms of language, agriculture, and technology that's known to man.  While the country has experienced its share of modern social and political issues, Egypt today is ripe with potential.  Consider the following characteristics. The most populated … Continue reading Egypt Waits for Spring

Greece on Fire

Back in September, I wrote about the Greek stock market.   I pointed out that widespread pessimism, low expectations, and attractive valuation created an easy hurdle for an upside surprise.  Since then Greece has been on fire, up over 35%! But despite an increase in price, the Greek market P/E has actually fallen from 4.7x down … Continue reading Greece on Fire

Lesson Learned Looking Back

The year is close to an end and both main street and Wall Street are quiet.  The holiday time tranquility is a good time to reflect on the past year.  Heading into 2016, my highest conviction investment ideas were the Russian stock market, silver, and oil.   Though the year's not quite over, it looks … Continue reading Lesson Learned Looking Back

Greek Lightning Strikes

Much ink has been spilled over Greece's financial woes.   And if you've followed the headlines, you might think Greek lightning was burning Athens to the ground.  While it's true that Greece's finances have been woefully mismanaged (it has the second highest Debt/GDP ratio in the world), in absolute terms things may not be as … Continue reading Greek Lightning Strikes

Surprises, Silver Linings, and Staying the Course

It's been a wild year so far.  A correction to start things off, Brexit, terror scares, a political coup, and a 1.36% yield on the 10 year Treasury to boot.  It's been one surprise after another.  It seems nobody knows what to expect and investors everywhere are on edge.  But despite the turmoil, the markets … Continue reading Surprises, Silver Linings, and Staying the Course