Simple Isn’t Stupid

By |2016-12-02T14:57:14-05:00November 25th, 2016|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , |

Why Finance Should Be Boring This article first appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of Understanding Investments. Every industry relies on jargon to conduct business. Internally, work is done efficiently when everyone speaks the same technical language. But no industry [...]

Are Emerging Markets a Substitute for Commodities?

By |2016-12-01T12:45:22-05:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , |

While emerging markets may move in sympathy with commodity prices, there is far more than just commodity exposure at play. This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Understanding Investments. There is a body of thought that considers [...]

Brazil’s Quagmire: Messy Conditions

By |2016-12-01T12:45:22-05:00August 18th, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , |

The more moving parts you add to a machine, the trickier it gets to keep the machine running, let alone functioning optimally. Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, may be reeling from trying to keep the parts in motion (some cracks self-inflicted) [...]

Stir-Frying Stocks: Characterizing the Chinese Stock Market

By |2016-12-01T12:45:22-05:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , , |

The tepid response of the Shanghai stock market to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stimulus efforts has some American market commentators wondering out loud if this is China’s “1929”. Articles on the average investor’s unknown exposure (and destruction of US [...]

Even Emperors are Dwarfed by the Environment

By |2016-12-01T12:45:22-05:00July 9th, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , |

Xuanzong’s Journey to Shu depicts the Tang dynasty Emperor Xuanzong retreating from his capital in Chang’an to Sichuan province during the An Lushan rebellion, ending the golden age of the Tang dynasty’s influence and wealth. The emperor’s train is hard [...]

Attending to Every Thread

By |2016-12-01T12:45:23-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , , , , , |

Adding the Yuan as an IMF reserve currency Chinese stocks have been on a tear this year. Government initiatives in the banking and currency sector indicate a strident ambition to create a healthy and sustainable economy. The domestic Chinese stock [...]

Age of Independence

By |2016-12-01T12:45:23-05:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , , , |

Diagram of Geopolitical Relationships in the Middle East. Image Source: Karl reMarks The moderated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock market to foreign investors is a crucial step towards nurturing a diverse and self-sufficient economy. Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence tells [...]

Toward a Better Understanding of Emerging Markets

By |2016-12-01T12:45:23-05:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Contested Spaces|Tags: , , |

How Did We Come to Be? The conventional account of the current financial industry’s concern with what are referred to as the Emerging Markets begins in the Cold War at the World Bank Group. The World Bank was founded after [...]