Davos Diary: Day Zero – The WEF invasion obvious everywhere (with pics)

By Alec Hogg DAVOS – Jeanette and I love coming to the WEF a day early. The quicker you can get into a regular sleeping pattern, the better. Sleep soon becomes treasured for those of us who travel to Davos during late January. Our early arrival was more valuable than usual this year. The Registration … Read more

Unilever to invest more in Africa

From Reuters * Q4 emerging markets sales up 8.4 pct vs 5.9 pct in Q3 * CEO – no change in strategy, accelerating investments * Full-year earnings, sales top analysts expectations * Shares up 3.5 pct By Martinne Geller LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Unilever said it would stick to its emerging markets growth strategy as a … Read more

Falling share prices: International investors eye money-making opportunities

Professional investors can find money-making opportunities in just about anything, from weather forecasts to fine wine before it is ready to leave the barrel. After a year of roaring returns, they are turning their attention to shorting publicly listed stocks in the US. This essentially entails selling shares you don’t have and buying them later when the … Read more

Davos Diary: Day Zero – A flourishing Dorf, erm Platz (with pics)

  By Alec Hogg* Returning to the highest town in Europe is a reminder of how much the World Economic Forum keeps transforming Davos. Every year there seem to be more cranes. They’re building infrastructure only properly used one week a year. Those last few days of January when the world’s rich and powerful gather … Read more

#WEF14: Chronic gap between rich and poor in the spotlight

The World Economic Forum says its purpose is to improve the state of the world. Much has been achieved after more than 40 annual meetings since a small gathering in Davos got things started. For most of the year, the WEF staff invest enormous effort in assessing global risks and analysing the best way to … Read more

BRIC, MINT or CIVET: What’s the best investment?

From Reuters   * Assets in BRIC investment funds down sharply from 2010 * Economic growth may not convert into stock market gains * Goldman’s BRIC fund down 20 percent in past three years * Acronyms are economic, not investment concepts – inventor * MINT countries offer young, growing populations – O’Neill By Carolyn Cohn … Read more

Stop the bus, I want to get off

How the Mighty have Fallen – Bafana’s route to oblivion and beyond

When Nigeria knocked Bafana out of CHAN – The African Nations Championship – on Sunday [3-1], it was just another in a long line of disappointing exits suffered by the national team who either can’t or don’t care about winning big tournaments. By Michael Marnewick South African soccer has failed to sustain the early successes … Read more