Monthly Archives: May 2014

Standard Bank’s Expansion Into French Africa Teaches Us About Africa’s Investment Growth Potential

标准银行总部 Standard Bank (SGBLY), a banking corporation based in South Africa, has discovered from its experience in the Ivory Coast, that there is plenty of growth potential in the francophone (French-speaking, culture, etc.) countries of Africa. In fact, this was termed to be “a strategic drive”.

This is one example of the fact that when we look at Africa’s investment potential, we cannot just consider the anglophone (English-speaking, culture, etc.) countries there.  There are the francophone and lusophone (Portuguese-speaking, culture, etc.), as well as the Arab countries, in Africa that merit consideration when it comes to investment, since many of them are growing, and businesses like Standard Bank are beginning to recognize that there are opportunities in different cultures.

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Prediction: Many Will “Miss the Boat” Concerning Investing in Africa

Newport Marina Sunset  I have a concern.  The concern is that many of us are going to “miss the boat” for investing in Africa.  Many countries on the continent are growing and, long term, promise to grow.  Unfortunately, many have subscribed to the myths and/or ignored the truths about Africa.  An excellent article concerning this was in the New York Times recently called “The Real Africa” , that addresses, in some respects, the mindset that people have that is holding them back from investing in a continent and people to help them grow and to reap benefits for themselves and their families.

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Barclays to Reduce Workforce Everywhere – Except Africa!

Barclays Africa Group Limited Barclays, the large bank based in Great Britain, has announced that it will reduce its workforce by 19,000 employees over the next three years in every part of the world that it’s in – except Africa!

Yes, you may have heard it here first, folks, at least in the English-speaking press, except for that of South Africa, where Barclays’ African operations are headquartered, that Barclays has no plans to reduce the workforce in Africa.  We first found out about it in the French press, while the aforementioned-English-speaking press, save for that of South Africa, focused on the drastic reduction in their investment banking business.  At least some are reporting that one of the core areas that Barclays will now focus on will be “banking in Africa”.

According to Agence Ecofin (the French press)Barclays Africa Group Limited was created as a result of the combination of Barclays Bank, Plc in Africa with the South Africa-Based bank Absa, Ltd.  They have 1,300 branches across the continent and offer a wide range of financial services, such as investment banking, retail banking, wealth management and finance.  For Barclays Africa Group Limited alone, there was a net profit increase of 20% in 2013 to $1.1 billion.  Its stock can be purchased in the United States over-the-counter as AGRPY.

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DM in EM: Developed Markets in Emerging Markets, and What it Means for Africa

tata motors Some financial analysts were advocating a year or two ago that investors buy developed markets’ stocks, like those on the New York, London and Paris exchanges, in order to profit from emerging markets’ growth.  This is called “EM in DM”.  The idea is that you would identify good developed markets’ stocks to invest in that have a significant amount of business in emerging markets countries like South Africa, or even some frontier markets countries like Nigeria and Kenya.

But now, many analysts are advocating “DM in EM”, the thought process being that many of the emerging markets companies’ stocks are going to increase in the coming months or years; particularly those emerging markets companies that have a significant amount of business in developing countries and Africa.  Companies like these would be Tata Motors (TTM), an India-based company that owns the brands Range Rover and Jaguar, as well as other automobile models and trucks .  They are doing well in the developed countries, and business is growing in countries like Zambia and South Africa.

Also, Lenovo (LNVGY), the computer firm, which is a Chinese company, is in many developed markets, and is beginning to expand into Africa, with an eye on the smartphone market.

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