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Sovereign Wealth Funds

'We Are All Millionaires Now': Norway's Astounding Fiscal Reserve

Charles Heck | Posted 05.06.2014 | World
Charles Heck

The oil and gas reserves under the Norwegian continental shelf are being transformed into financial reserves for future generations. No other government in Europe or North America is saving its petroleum wealth for future generations to nearly the same extent.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...

Resource-Backed Investment Finance in Least Developed Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.

Viking Virtues = Viking Capital

Darryl Woodard | Posted 08.22.2013 | Business
Darryl Woodard

In 2008, as the United States suffered the worst recession since the Great Depression, the effects of the economic downturn were felt worldwide. There...

Egypt's Economic Future and and the Need for Outward Strategy

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 10.13.2013 | World
Efraim Chalamish

While in the long term, future governments can adopt and implement policies to improve Egypt's economy, the short term impact of the recent political revolution exacerbates the current conditions.

Mozambique Will Be Rich! Or Will It?

Bettina Strickler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Bettina Strickler

Once natural resources are found, the road to prosperity is technically a straight on, if it wasn't for the large potholes on the way that have the power to capsize the whole nation.

How to Tell When Your Country Is Managing Its Riches Well

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals -- it has it all. New technologies are leading to even more discoveries. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust -- how do you know that's not going to happen?

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

Qatar: Investing Throughout the World With Oil/Gas Wealth and Vision

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Here is a nation whose infrastructure was focused on pearl "hunting" and fishing, whose economy was virtually destroyed by the introduction of Japanese cultured pearls in the 1920's and 1930's. Then in the 1940's came the discovery of oil.

Blessed by Nature, Cursed by Politics

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.

Today's Bounty, Tomorrow's Promise: Better Policies to Manage Natural Resources

Leslie Lipschitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leslie Lipschitz

It's one of the perennial questions in economic policy-making: How do we best manage the economic and social challenges that stem from resource wealth?

Eat or Be Eaten. Gov 2.0's Social Darwinism

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

Get your armor on, and keep it on. Otherwise, you will be stripped bare.

An Infrastructure Bank: Reinvesting in America

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

On Labor Day, President Obama announced a National Infrastructure Bank to direct our reinvestment in American infrastructure. In doing so, he returned...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Beijing's Balm for the T-Note Market

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

China is simply looking to assuage the T-note market long enough to get a large chunk of Beijing's foreign exchange reserves out of Washington's hands.

Rethinking Beijing's Financial Options

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

If the economists are correct, China owns about 9% of our total national debt. Contrary to popular opinion, Beijing could sell that debt with few long-term consequences for China's economy.

U.S. Housing Market: Fed Counting On Foreign Governments To Fund The Housing Market

washingtonpost.com | Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Senior officials in the Obama administration and at the Fed say they are counting in part on foreigners to keep the housing market funded. ...

Rape of the American Taxpayer

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

I used to have a bumper sticker on my truck that read, "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention." This sentiment was specifically aimed...

Beijing Quietly Signaling Intent To Flee U.S. Debt

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

Guess what, the Chinese are now ready to invest...in apparently anything but more U.S. Treasury notes. A great deal of evidence suggests they are seeking to diversify.

Dennis Gartman, the Dean Of Commodity Traders Doesn't Understand the Recent Move in Oil Prices -- Let Me Try to Explain

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

To paraphrase Mr. Gartman, "when I don't understand what is happening, I get out the market."

The Price of Oil Has Doubled on Obama's Watch -- the Time for Action is Now

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Speculation and psychology go hand in hand. The Department of Energy has it within its powers to change the temper of the marketplace.

Fiscal Lessons from Moscow?

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric C. Anderson

You know we have a problem when Moscow begins searching for an alternative to investing in U.S. Treasury notes.

OPEC Meets Pumping Billows of Hot Air While Curtailing Production of Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The good nabobs of OPEC are going to Vienna to munch their strudel, lamenting about the urgency to push prices to the $75-80/bbl level before they can order a second course.

Beijing Preparing for Exodus from U.S. Treasury Notes

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

When the Chinese stop -- or dramatically curtail -- their purchase of U.S. Treasury notes Washington is going to have to find a new creditor. Good luck.

Obama's Tax Plans Will be up Against a Lot

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

Low incomes are what defines a Third World economy. High incomes are what power and define a First World, prosperous, economy.