Darfur: The Land of Gold(s)

Once upon a time there was a conflict that was based upon ethnic origins in Darfur. But the ethno-political struggle has long been passed into the back waters of the country over the past decade as there has been a growing realization that it’s now a question of money and it’s the wealth of the…

USA: Uncle Sam is Dead

Isn’t it wonderful how the US believes (whether that be the citizens or the politicians) that the state will never default on its debt repayments? It’s the unfailing belief that your country will pull through and anyone that says otherwise is always either shouted down or told to go elsewhere. It’s all well and good…

Where Washington Should Go for Money: Havens

As the US government shutdown enters its 7th day today it looks as if we shouldn’t be holding our breath unless we want to go blue in the face in the hope that there might be a compromise or somebody might actually cave in. Talk about sticking to your guns. The Republicans won’t come out…

Households Spooked by Financial Markets

Once upon a time it was only fear that we had to fear and nothing itself according to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The financial crisis managed to do many things, but one thing it did and that it is still doing after all these years is that it has scared the pants of households throughout the…

Sugar Rush is on

At one time it was the Gold Rush that obsessed everyone as there were screams and shouts to be heard of ‘there’s gold in them there hills’. Now, it’s sugar that is creating the buzz in the investment world. Sugar is the new gold and gold is so yesterday anyhow. It’s the acquisition of sugar…

Human Capital: Switzerland or Yemen?

What would you say to working in either Switzerland or Yemen? The choice wouldn’t take too long to ponder over I guess when it comes to providing a healthy environment in which factors that would lead to long-term economic success that might be taken into consideration. Human Capital Index The World Economic Forum (WEF) has…