Free: Country Profiles & Global Comparisons

03-Oct-2010

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An eternal optimist, Liu-Yue built two social enterprises to help make the world a better place. Liu-Yue co-founded Oxstones Investment Club a searchable content platform and business tools for knowledge sharing and financial education. Oxstones.com also provides investors with direct access to U.S. commercial real estate opportunities and other alternative investments. In addition, Liu-Yue also co-founded Cute Brands a cause-oriented character brand management and brand licensing company that creates social awareness on global issues and societal challenges through character creations. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Liu-Yue worked as an Executive Associate at M&T Bank in the Structured Real Estate Finance Group where he worked with senior management on multiple bank-wide risk management projects. He also had a dual role as a commercial banker advising UHNWIs and family offices on investments, credit, and banking needs while focused on residential CRE, infrastructure development, and affordable housing projects. Prior to M&T, he held a number of positions in Latin American equities and bonds investment groups at SBC Warburg Dillon Read (Swiss Bank), OFFITBANK (the wealth management division of Wachovia Bank), and in small cap equities at Steinberg Priest Capital Management (family office). Liu-Yue has an MBA specializing in investment management and strategy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Stern School of Business at NYU. He also completed graduate studies in international management at the University of Oxford, Trinity College.







Macro Investing has long been the dominant investing strategy in the emerging markets world.  But as the developed world face severe macro and long term structural issues, the western world may be considered the new emerging markets.  During times of crisis whether war or economic, macro forces tend to dominate all other investment strategies.  This has become especially apparent over the past few years as the financial crisis and the EU sovereign debt crisis have caused all asset classes to move together in extreme positive correlation.  Therefore in order to invest successfully in this economic climate it has become increasingly important to also understand the macro economics, politics, and regulations in the countries you invest in.

In the ‘COUNTRIES’ section you will find a comprehensive list of 260 individual country and regional profiles.   Oxstone Capital Management is providing this free resource for the benefit of our community to assist investors in evaluating prospective investments using the top-down approach.

The following country/regional profiles will provide useful information on economic statistics such as gdp growth, purchasing power parity, public debt to gdp, inflation rates, bank lending rates, main industries, energy consumption or production, current account balance, main export partners, and foreign currency reserves.  It will also provide statistics on the individual country infrastructure including telephone, media, internet usage, airport, railways, roadways, ports and terminals.

In addition, we are also providing useful country comparisons/global rankings based on the same key macroeconomic, socioeconomic, geographic, and other statistical metrics.

Over the past three years, global investors are becoming more aware of the importance of macro themes and big picture thinking.  It is becoming increasingly important to not only select the right company and sector, but also the right country/region, and macro environment.

Good luck investing!

Cheers,

Liu-Yue (Louie) Lam

Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Strategist

Oxstone Capital Management

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