Brazil’s Petrobras: A Buying Opportunity?
The disappointing choice of Banco do Brasil chief Bendine to head oil company Petrobras has darkened sentiment on Petrobras, Brazil and the Brazilian markets.
Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Some Energy Investments
U.S. energy renaissance lets investors reap tax breaks while avoiding commodity market swings like those engendered by Saudi Arabia oil price cut.
SEC, FINRA Enforcement: Reps Sold ETFs They Didn’t Understand
In other enforcement news, the SEC charged an energy firm and a stock promoter with defrauding investors about its oil reserves.
Should California Split Up to Save Itself?
Economist Bill Watkins calls a new ballot initiative to divide California into six states economically unviable, yet worries about the viability of the existing state.
Wary Investors Consider High Risk Premium in Brazil
Powerhouse Brazil’s economic slowdown has put investors on alert for trouble, and for opportunity.
Kenya Investment Lure Won’t Be Stifled by Mall Shootings
Natural resources, a high literacy rate and solidarity will push the country forward.
Syria Strike by U.S. Likely to Push Oil Prices Higher
Disruptions in oil supply network could also affect U.S. inflation. Kerry speech slams Assad regime for chemical attacks; markets respond as military action appears to still be an option.
As Investors Wait for Egypt to Settle, Africa Holds Up
Despite current turmoil in Egypt, its stock market has remained almost eerily stable. Larry Seruma of Nile Capital Management said there are a number of well-run and well-capitalized companies performing solidly.
New Iranian President Leaves Investors Cautiously Optimistic
BP has classified Iran's natural gas reserves as the biggest in the world — a fact that undoubtedly is of great interest to energy companies. But that gas is useless to them as long as sanctions are in place.
Tussle Over Islands Threatens Trade Between China, Japan
The dispute over a small group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea escalated over the weekend as protesters attacked Japanese car dealerships, shops and factories in China.