Today MicroCapital.org, a microfinance publication, announced the introduction of pre-paid, reloadable Mastercards in Peru. The “LATODO Mastercard” is a project launched by NovoPayment, a US-based prepaid card provider that will run the business through Servitebca Peru.
NovoPayment also works in Florida, Mexico, Colombia and launched a similar prepaid credit card program in Venezuela in 2005, MicroCapital [...]
The year is 2012 and it is time for you to get some Kenya in your portfolio. Kenya has one of the most rapidly-growing GDPs.
Over the weekend the World Bank sent out a tweet about Kenya’s “tipping point” – by 2020, Kenya will be a full-fledged middle-class country. Since 2001, many gains have been made [...]
Last week we were surprised to see a 25 basis point rate cut by Australia – whose inflation and unemployment levels are in a healthy range – so to now see that even China has cut interest rates, well, that’s telling you something significant about the weakness and risks facing global growth.
First Rate Cut Since [...]
Looking for something different for your portfolio?
Maybe it is time for you to bump up your BRIC investing, invest in Latin America ex-Brazil or you’d like to get more specific with your agricultural investments. If so, you might have already heard about agroforestry, aka tree farms, and specifically, the wealth of Brazil’s eucalyptus plantations.
Agroforestry and [...]
Slowly but surely, the reserve currency status of the United States dollar is transitioning into a lesser role, at least for China. As early as June, the AP reports, the Yen and Yuan will begin direct trading without the use of the USD as a “cross-currency” intermediary. This means that the USD will no longer [...]
When it comes to investing in emerging markets, that’s one area in which you really should play it safe. Not only are you not familiar with any (or most) of the companies, but precisely because some of them may be operating in more politically and geographically unpredictable regions, risk is a higher factor.
With the added [...]