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

Dimming the Lights

Last year I made the case for solar stocks.  I was reasonably optimistic about the long-term prospects for the industry and thought stock prices looked meaningfully undervalued.   I got lucky timing-wise because solar stocks were up 54% in 2017 -- that much I did not expect. Source: etfreplay.com Of course, I'm not complaining. But valuations … Continue reading Dimming the Lights

Greed and Fear

US stocks are at all-time highs and many valuations measures suggest they are expensive.  That doesn't mean the market can't keep rising and it's proven bears wrong for years.  However, it's fair to say US stocks don't look cheap by traditional standards. It's actually getting hard to find any market that looks like a compelling … Continue reading Greed and Fear

From Nigeria with Love

In April I wrote about the Nigerian stock market. Since May the Nigerian market is up 30%.  Over the same period, the global stock market has basically been flat (shown below).   Nigerian Stock Market and Global Stock Market represented by NGE and VT, respectively Timing-wise this was lucky-- I didn't predict a two-week turnaround. … Continue reading From Nigeria with Love

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