Below is the May 2013 report for the Element Global Value Portfolio.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
One of the most common problems in a surgical procedure is the risk of an object being left inside the patient after the surgery is complete. Half of the times this happens, what is left behind is either a sponge or a towel. Patient Safety Technologies (PSTX) developed a simple, effective and affordable solution for this problem, and is set to reap the benefits of the increasing awareness and adoption of its system.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Kazakhstan is a huge country that shares its borders with Russia on the North, China on the East and the Caspian Sea on the West. Despite its huge size, the country is home to only 17 million people and has a GDP of $200bn (lower than Portugal) or $12k per capita. Even so, the middle income nation has a per capita income similar to Turkey or Mexico. Supreme Chancellor Nazarbayev has been ruling the country for more than two decades and maintains strong popular support. He has been pushing Kazakhstan towards greater integration with the rest of the World.
The country was one of the last decade's hot emerging markets, with the equity market rising 26 fold between 2001 and 2007. Following the onslaught of the 2008 crisis, the four major banks were rescued and the stock market plunged by more than 75%. Now, five years later, the financial sector still faces challenges.
What caught my attention were the oil & gas reserves: Kazakhstan is the World's 18th largest oil producer and has plenty of opportunity to grow production, as recoverable (proven) oil reserves stand at 5.5bn tons (9th on the World ranking). To put this into perspective, it would take the largest oil tanker ever built, the Norwegian Knock Nevis, about 10’000 trips to carry all the oil reserves.