Global Money

Beijing Closes Cash Spigot

China is now a less hospitable destination, at least for certain dealmakers. Ernst & Young estimates that Chinese outbound investment is set to reach $100 billion in 2017, representing a sharp decline from the $183 billion seen last year. Beijing blames this decline in part on growing hostility toward Chinese firms in the US and Europe. There is some truth to that point. The bigger issue is…

Populism Sidelined by European Investors

European investors have turned abruptly positive on their regional economy. According to the Frankfurt-based consultancy…
Global Money

Japanese Corporates Are Go-To Investor

A wave of Japanese investment may begin to make its way across global markets. Tokyo has just announced renewed policy…
Global Money

Capital Can Be Sourced Everywhere

Those seeking capital often make the mistake of assuming that the best investor-candidates are to be found in the major…
Global Money
Capital Pursuit

Be a Minimalist

When it comes to raising capital, “less is more” during an introductory meeting, at least in my experience. Be wary of overwhelming a potential investor with a hoard of detailed information about your work. Those carefully-crafted, data-heavy tables may be better…
Capital Pursuit

Find That Elusive Anchor Investor

Securing a pledge from the first backer is the highest hurdle, in part because founders are often upended by rejection. Yet there are a few points on which you can focus to find that elusive anchor investor. One choice is to ensure that you have identified the right sort of…
Capital Pursuit

You Control the Fundraising Process

Due diligence means something different to everyone. One certain point is that it seldom amounts to handing over a pile of paperwork, although that is often where the process starts. Just remember that the paperwork should be well-organized and flawlessly presented. You…

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Commodity Markets

Vietnam Captures Global Coffee Trade

Which country is the world’s largest coffee producer? You would guess correctly with Brazil. But the world’s second largest? The answer is Vietnam. Producers based in Buôn Ma Thuột—the city at the heart of the Vietnamese…
Commodity Markets

Tech Metals Ignite Mining Industry

There may not be enough tech metals worldwide to meet soaring demand. In most cases, mobile phones and solar panels are produced with lithium or indium. Other essential metals for tech-related industries include cobalt and lanthanum…

Online Privacy

Defend civil liberties. I have learned about the importance of harnessing technology by tracking the work at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Interfaith Dialogue

Upend ignorance. I encourage colleagues to read "Countering the Islamophobia Industry," published by the Carter Center.

Frontier Markets

Washington Retreats, Havana Endures

This Is Cuba is the perfect introduction to modern-day Cuba. David Ariosto—who reported on-the-ground for CNN for a year-and a half and traveled to Cuba from the US for many more years—brings humanity to an island that is either shrouded in romance by nostalgists or…
Commodity Markets

Vietnam Captures Global Coffee Trade

Which country is the world’s largest coffee producer? You would guess correctly with Brazil. But the world’s second largest? The answer is Vietnam. Producers based in Buôn Ma Thuột—the city at the heart of the Vietnamese coffee industry—have seen their share of…
Florida Economy

Sports Venues Suffer From Mall Disease

The American mall is not the only part of discretionary consumer economy on the wane. There is a quiet rumbling among owners and operators of sports venues—stadiums, arenas, and the like—that their attendance figures are in secular decline. Football and baseball teams…
Frontier Markets

Washington Retreats, Havana Endures

This Is Cuba is the perfect introduction to modern-day Cuba. David Ariosto—who reported on-the-ground for CNN for a year-and a half and traveled to Cuba from the US for many more years—brings humanity to an island that is either shrouded in romance by nostalgists or…
Frontier Markets

How Should Investors Frame Kandy Riots?

Some analysts dismiss the ethnic attacks in Sri Lanka last week as a purely domestic affair. Globalists should be less cavalier. The tragedy is a sobering reflection on our collective failures; it also is a jarring reminder of headline-grabbing violence elsewhere in the…

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Rethink Mexico. In the eyes of investors, I believe the country suffers from information asymmetry.